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Video Production Handbook, 4th Edition by Jim Owens, Gerald Millerson

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CHAPTER 8Shooting People and Objects

Images should not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.

Duane Michals, Photographer

While shooting can be a simple process, camera operators and directors must be very intentional in order to shoot the subject in a way that attracts the audience's attention, holds their attention, and communicates the message effectively (Figures 8.1 and 8.2).

SHOOTING PEOPLE

8.1 The single person

Let's examine the basics of shooting a single person:

  • The talent (presenter) needs to understand how tight the shots will be if he or she is making a presentation. That way, the talent knows how much room is available ...

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