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).


FIGURE 8.1 When the talent is speaking directly to the camera, directors generally want a close-up. This shot gives viewers the feeling that the talent ...

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