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Part 1: Shooting > The Camera in Motion

Chapter 3. The Camera in Motion

My digital camcorder is small enough that I can take it almost anywhere. While we’re driving to work, my wife will occasionally grab the camera out of my bag and start shooting anything that catches her eye: a brilliant sunrise, the way Seattle’s skyline materializes on a foggy morning, rows of orange-tipped trees alongside the freeway in the Fall. Although we initially bought the camera to take with us on vacation, it has turned into an unofficial chronicler of our lives.

One of the advantages of a small camera is that it easily moves with you. However, when you’re shooting, motion can become a character in its own right. Slowly moving across a scene imparts a different feeling than quickly scanning your surroundings, for example. This chapter addresses the most common ways of moving the camera to add motion to your movie, including the number one rule: don’t move.


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