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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Unkind Shots

There are a few people whom the camera loves! Somehow, no matter how harsh the lighting, however sparse the make-up or critical the camera’s scrutiny, these people always look great! But for most of us, the camera has the ability to misshapen and distort our features, until even our nearest and dearest are lost for words.

Let’s see how the camera manages to emphasize physical shortcomings and distort one’s appearance.

Lens angle

Since a narrow-angle lens appears to compress depth, and a wide-angle lens to exaggerate depth, it is not surprising that your choice of lens angles can have a considerable influence on the way three-dimensional features are reproduced. Try for yourself, the effects of using an inappropriate lens angle on ...

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