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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Shooting Instrumentalists

There is a great diversity of musical instruments, from piccolo to grand organ, from harp to percussion. Each offers a very specific range of interesting, meaningful shots. Some instruments are best seen in a wider shot, where both hands (and feet!) are busy with intricate action. In others the center of attention is comparatively localized, and only shown effectively in close shots.

Instrumentalists

Instrumentalists in a seated group tend to move very little, but solo performers frequently sway about as they play. Some violinists for instance, turn to such an extent that a single camera may not be able to sustain close shots of the fingerboard. Instead, the director has to alternate between several different viewpoints. ...

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