Demonstrations cover productions ranging from ‘how things are used’, ‘how they are made’, to ‘how they work’. The camerawork involved is often exacting, particularly where very small detail has to be shown clearly.
The main difficulties with most demonstrations, lie in trying to –
• Shoot the subject from the optimum direction.
• Avoid getting in the way of the demonstrator (and vice versa!).
• Get close enough, and avoiding camera shadows.
As you would expect, depth of field limitations can be a major problem. When taking really close shots (e.g. filling the screen with something the size of a hen’s egg), you may find focused depth so restricted that you can only focus sharply on one selected ...