In the commercial video world


In the commercial video world, shots like these are often made using a mirror above the work table, the camera shooting into the mirror. This creates the illusion that the camera is directly above the work surface. The advantage of this is that the camera remains on a tripod on the floor, where the controls are accessible. If directionality is important — printed instructions, hand writing, etc., for example — the shots can be mirrored in post.

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