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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Long Shots

You will generally want to use long shots

•  To follow wide-ranging or fast action.

•  When subjects are spread over a wide area.

•  To show where the action is taking place.

•  When you want to emphasize extent, i.e. to reveal how large, how crowded, or how extensive an area is (e.g. in a busy airport)

•  To show progress; i.e. how far the climber has reached.

•  To display an atmospheric effect; e.g. show a magnificent interior.

•  To establish the time or season; e.g. falling snow beyond a window.

•  To show how one subject’s position is related to another’s.

Shot preferences

On the small TV screen, long shots give us an overall impression. Obviously they cannot show detail. A well balanced program sequence needs distant and closer ...

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