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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Why Change The Lens Angle?

Although most video cameras are fitted with a zoom lens, we only use the zooming action occasionally. More often, we select a particular angle or focal length within its range, and shoot at that setting.

Our impressions of distance, scale and proportion can be distorted whenever the camera’s lens angle differs from normal, but there are many practical advantages in having a selection of lens angles available. They can greatly extend shot opportunities.

How changing the lens angle can help

•  Adjusting framing without moving the camera

To provide a variety of shot sizes.

Slightly widening or narrowing the shot to improve the picture’s balance. To correct framing (e.g. when people move off marked positions). Adjusting ...

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