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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Classifying Shots

Your camera does so much more than just ‘take a picture’ of a situation. It gives your audience a certain impression of the subject and its surroundings. It concentrates their attention, or allows it to drift over a scene to settle on whatever catches their interest.

Shoot a subject one way and it can appear important, dominating its environment. Shot from another angle, the same subject often becomes quite incidental. It may even be overlooked. So we need a general method of classifying shots, to help us organize and arrange how we are going to shoot any situation.

It might be argued that because the TV screen is relatively small, the closer the viewpoint, the more effective the shot is; but even very broad panoramic or spectacular ...

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