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

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Horizontal Camera Angles

As mentioned earlier, when you photograph a person directly from the front of their face, it often yields a rather flat, uninteresting image (depending on lighting, which we will touch upon later). An easy fix to this is to ask the talent to angle their face/eyes away from the camera lens. Keep in mind, however, that the camera, instead, can also be moved around the subject. Let us imagine that the talent is at the center of a circle, like the hub of a bicycle wheel laying flat. The camera, facing inward, can then move around that circle’s center, at the circumference, or the end of the spokes where the rubber of the bicycle wheel would be. As there are 360 degrees in a circle, let us use the degrees to help define how ...

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