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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Basic Shots of People

Does it really matter how you compose pictures of people? Isn’t it just a matter of convention to classify the various ways in which you can shoot a person?

Over the years, a series of universally agreed ‘standard shots’ evolved in film-making. These were not simply routines, but compositions that experience has shown provide the most successful, artistically pleasing results. If you frame people in any other way, you will usually find that the effect looks awkward and unbalanced.

These easily recognized shots of people provide convenient quick reference points for all members of the production team; particularly the director and camera operator.

General terms

First of all, there are the broad directions used when describing ...

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