A cameraperson needs to be active and creative

I always tell students in video production class to pay attention to details while they shoot, especially when the video is meant for web delivery, because the smaller-size video windows on a web page call for fewer wide shots and more medium and closeup shots. Some students would set up the tripod and camera, shoot a few wide shots, move closer for a few medium shots, then look for a few closeup shots.

Without seeing some good samples, students have difficulty figuring out all by themselves what else they could shoot.

Here’s a good sample I recently found which shows how a lone camera person/reporter can move around a scene and take various shots. In addition to the closeups, I told students to pay attention to how the reporter arranged for shots with foregrounds and low-angle framing.

About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (www.mulinblog.com/mooc), a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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