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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Subjective vs Objective Shooting Styles

Now let us address how the person’s eyes are looking straight at us. What might it mean if the person being recorded by the camera looks directly into the lens? How does it make you, the viewer, feel when you are addressed directly by on-screen talent? Of course, it may depend on the kind of project you are shooting or watching. If you are photographing a news reporter on location then it would make sense for the on-camera talent to look straight into the camera’s lens and deliver the factual report. The reporter makes a direct connection with you, the home audience, by looking you square in the eye and speaking the truth. Maybe you shoot a talk show host or footage for a do-it-yourself home makeover show ...

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