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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Shooting People

There are very few productions in which people are not the main subject.

Single shot

In ‘Basic shots of people’ (page 68) we saw the regular methods of framing a single person. But how you compose shots during a production depends on whether that person is speaking directly to camera or turned to face someone else –

•  A full-face shot is usually framed centrally.

•  A three-quarter frontal position has slightly offset framing.

•  A side-view has much greater offsetting.

Two shot

As we saw earlier, if people are too far apart, you can often improve composition and reduce the central gap between them by arcing round a little to one side. You can also improve their relative proportions by altering the lens angle, and changing the ...

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