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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Ten Ways to Shoot a Chair

From a creative viewpoint there are countless ways to shoot a chair—or any other subject—but from a technical viewpoint we'll concentrate on just ten (Table 5.1).

Table 5.1. Variable Factors in Shot Composition
Framing (Size of Subject)Lens Selection (Focal Length)Camera Angle
CloseupWide angleLow angle
Medium shotNormalNeutral
Long shotTelephotoHigh angle
Camera movementCamera movementCamera movement

The ten basic ways to design a shot derive from varying framing, lens selection, camera angle, and camera movement. The creativity of cinematography and the impact of visual storytelling come into play when you apply these factors in different combinations to manipulate audience perception and emotions.

You can use any combination ...

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