Tips for Capturing Good Video

All the rules of proper exposure and good composition for photography (see Chapters 6 and 12) apply to video, too. But other tips are particular to movies:

■ The key to taking good videos is to be as smooth as possible, and that means panning the camera s-l-o-w-l-y when you are moving position.

■ Always try to keep the camera parallel to the ground, so you don't get off-angles that people have to tilt their necks to view properly.

■ Pace your clips. Long, continuous videos are usually very boring. Besides consuming lots of megabytes of storage space, they tend to turn off viewers. On the other hand, very short

clips are teasing, tantalizing, or just plain annoying, because you never have any time to follow any of the action.

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