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Camera Basics

Because of the years invested in watching film and television, most people are at least somewhat familiar with camera placement and movement. However, few have actually become “students” of camera work and have spent time consciously analyzing the effects of perspective and movement. If you intend to control the viewer's perception of your scenes, you must make sure you have a thorough understanding of these topics. For example, slight changes in cameras can create a pleasing or disturbing emotional response in the viewer, so you don't want to accidentally mix such disparate emotions as these.

In general, target cameras are employed as still cameras or animated cameras that focus on a fixed point in the scene. Free cameras tend to be used for moving through the scene. Keep in mind that these are only the more common uses. You can use either type of camera to meet your needs for a particular scene.


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