Chapter 2. Composition and Coverage

Camcorder in hand, it’s time to start shooting. Where to start? The easiest route is to point the lens at something and start recording. You’re bound to get some good footage. However, by learning how to improve your video as you shoot it, you’ll end up with better source footage when it’s time to edit.

The material in this chapter (and the rest of the chapters in this section of the book) isn’t rocket science. If you’ve grown up watching television or movies (as we all have, to varying degrees), some of it may be too obvious to warrant mentioning. And yet, when it comes time to shoot, it’s all too easy to forget the basics and just let the camcorder run—again, perfectly acceptable, but you might kick yourself ...

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