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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Problem Shots

Even quite simple situations can pose some surprisingly tricky problems.

The wrong shape

How do you shoot subjects that are tall, round, long … with a camera that has a constant horizontal four-by-three picture shape?

If you do the obvious, and take an overall view of the subject, this will show its general form, but important details will probably not be clear. If you concentrate on the details, there is always the chance that your audience will not realize how these relate to the whole.

One major difficulty is that you often cannot get far enough away from a large subject, before other things nearby get in the way and spoil the shot. In some situations, even quite a small object in the foreground can obscure a large subject in ...

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