By creatively positioning your camcorder, you can elicit a wide range of emotional responses from your audience.
When it comes to shooting interesting and entertaining home video the key is creativity. You are probably familiar with the basic camcorder moves, like pan (turning left or right), tilt (moving the angle up or down), zoom (adjusting the lens to telephoto or wide angle) and dolly (moving the camera itself forward or backward). Practicing these basics is essential to mastering the art of making video. But creative camcorder work involves something more. It requires thinking outside the box. Considering angles and selecting shots that will better communicate the story that you have to tell on tape.
To be sure, there are some images, like a volcano erupting or a plane crashing, that are so striking that it doesn't matter how you videotape them. But when it comes to creating engaging and entertaining home video, you'll surely benefit from some time-tested camera techniques.
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If you are like most people, your tendency is to shoot all of your footage from a standing position. If you are 5 foot 8 inches tall, your videos are presented to the world from the point of view of a 5'8" person. The result is predictable, and often boring, video. Next time you shoot don't limit yourself to only shoot from a standing position. Mix it up a little and your videos will be much more interesting.
The height of your camcorder can elicit a particular response from your audience. Let's say your first shot is a standing, eye-level shot of your spouse. This is a straightforward shot--no surprises. Now, drop the camcorder to the floor and shoot up at your partner. This can make your subject appear larger than life. The steeper the angle, the more dramatic the effect. With a steep angle, you can turn a toddler into a looming monster, or emphasize the immensity of something already huge, like the Rocky Mountains or the Sears Tower.
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