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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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All Done By Mirrors

You may want to shoot from an unusual angle for several reasons:

•  To show details that are not normally visible (e.g. behind a statue).

•  To get round obstructions that are blocking the shot.

•  To shoot from a good but inaccessible vantage point.

•  To present an overhead shot of the action – a ‘bird’s-eye’ view.

•  To show a subject from below – a ‘worm’s-eye’ view.

•  To achieve a dramatic effect.

Although today’s small video cameras are highly mobile and adaptable, extreme camera angles can still pose problems. Studio cameras with their larger zoom lens systems and viewfinders, are considerably less flexible.

The direct approach

Perhaps you can place the camera exactly where you need it. But situations do arise where ...

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