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On Camera, 2nd Edition by Tom Flynn, Nancy Reardon

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17 Physical Techniques

Television is a magnifying glass. Everything appears larger than it is. Take the appearance of the studio itself. If you have ever been to a news studio, you may have been surprised how small the anchor desk area appears. On your television it looks spacious.

One reason this is so is that the television monitor presents a flat, one-dimensional image. On top of that, most of the anchor shots are shot fairly close. People on television tend to be shot from the fifth button up, or even closer. Of course, there are wide shots and establishing shots of the studio, but mostly television news and hosting is confined to close-ups. So if you start moving your body or hand quickly towards the camera, it will look distorted, like ...

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