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Workshop

Review the following questions and answers to try to improve your field video-shooting skills. Also, take a few moments to tackle my short quiz.

Q&A

Q1:When I do quick interviews in the field using my handheld camera, people always stare in the camera and “act.” Is there a way to fix that?
A1: You bet! You need to stop staring—at the viewfinder, that is. Try to frame up your “man on the street” (MOS in TV news parlance) in the viewfinder as casually as possible and then move your head away from the camera. Look your subjects in their eyes and instead of interviewing them, talk to them. They'll return the favor.
Q2:How am I supposed to keep my camera steady if I'm doing a trucking shot? What about videotaping something such as whitewater rafting? There's no way to keep it steady then.
A2: Correct! One powerful element of video is that it can transport viewers to someplace besides their living room or office. You keep your shots steady to avoid shattering that illusion. But if that “place” is full of action, then any camera movement simply mirrors what it would be like for the viewer to be there and to experience that excitement. Camera movement in moments of action, especially from a first-person perspective, is tremendously effective.


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