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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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High Shots

A high-angle shot has the very practical advantage that it allows the camera to see over things that would otherwise obstruct the picture. However, high viewpoints can present unflattering weak shots of people. You can never get a strong, powerful shot of a person from a high camera position.

Working with a high camera

When shooting within a crowd, holding a lightweight camera above your head with arms outstretched may get by in an emergency, but it is not a recommended technique. The strain is considerable, and shots will inevitably be shaky. It is far better to climb up to a higher vantage point, and hold the camera properly.

A high tripod or pedestal will support a camera firmly up to a height of around 1.5 – 2 m (5 – 6 ft). But ...

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