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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Lens Angle Problems

There are really two ways in which you can organize shooting:

•  Choose a camera position, then adjust the zoom lens’ focal length until you get the shot you want. But that is liable to result in haphazard mixtures of perspective (proportion and distance) in the course of a scene.

•  Set the zoom lens to a ‘normal’ angle of around 20°–25°, then move the camera to a position where you have the right length of shot.

The normal lens

A normal lens angle gives few problems. The viewfinder’s perspective looks similar to that of the scene in front of you. The ‘feel’ of the camera seems natural – the way it handles, focuses, frames.

When shooting in small rooms though, a normal lens may not give you sufficient coverage. (You might ...

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