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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Low Shots

Whenever you shoot down onto a subject the viewpoint may appear natural enough, but it will not necessarily show the subject itself most effectively. It may be better to raise the subject up until it is nearer to the normal camera height, (e.g. place it on a table), or lower the camera so that its viewpoint is level with the subject.

When you are shooting something on the ground, you will get much more striking pictures if the camera is around floor level (a ground shot), than with a down-tilted camera at the normal height. But will this ‘dog’s-eye’ view appear strange or inappropriate in the context of the program?

The effect of low viewpoints

Most subjects tend to look impressive or important if you shoot them from just below the ...

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