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The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques by Janie L. Geyen, Barry Andersson

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Chapter 5

Camera Motion and Support

Stop looking at camera support equipment as simply gear. Think if it more as a method for adding movement to or taking movement away from your shot. The type of equipment you will use depends on the type of movement you want to add or control.

Camera Motion

You need to ask yourself three questions for each scene you will be shooting:

  • Do I want movement in the shot?
  • What type of movement do I want to have?
  • What equipment do I need to execute that type of movement?

The hardest part is choosing the sort of camera movement you want to have for your scene and what equipment will best help you capture that movement. To do this, you need to know the various types of camera movements and the most common equipment ...

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