10 Camera Shots I Rely On When My Mind Goes BLANK

By Sareesh

You don’t always have the luxury of contemplative cinematography when you’re shooting documentaries. You have to return with good, usable shots for editing.

In this video I show you ten shots I rely on when my mind goes blank. This will help you get adequate coverage, and it has saved my skin many times:

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Here are the 10 shots (actually 9 + 1 tip):

Shot #1 to #5: The BBC 5-Shot Rule

Credit for this goes to Michael Rosenblum who taught photojournalism students with this technique decades ago. It is extremely practical and you should know it.

Shot#1: The long shot or mid shot

Get the person and the action/activity together in the best possible light and composition.

Shot #2: The close up of the face

This is a logical step from Shot #1. Just zoom in or move in closer and get the face. Don’t break the 180o rule [li. Try to get reactions, emotions, etc.

Shot #3: The close up of the action or activity

This is also logical and flows from Shot #2. Get creative closeups, hopefully from different angles (see below) of the activity itself.

By this time you have warmed up and you know you have some footage in the can.

Shot #4: Over the shoulder shot

Ask the subject to continue doing what they are doing and get another angle from behind or over the shoulder. If that is not practical get a side shot but in this case keep in mind whether it will cut well with the other shots. The OTS will most likely cut well.

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    Like the previous model, the Anova Pro 2 also operates as a flash unit, and is capable of high speed sync at up to 1/8000sec. Rotolight says the flash mode has no recycle time and that the maximum output has been increased by 250%.

    The Anova Pro 2 also has the Elinchrom Skyport system built-in to allow wireless radio triggering and control of the lights. The Skyport receiver has a range of 200m and provides remote access to light levels in flash and continuous modes, as well as color temperature and the built-in CineSFX cinema effects.

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    While various DIYers have developed their own enhanced control methods for some Adobe products—such as using a PS3 gamepad to control Lightroom—and some interesting options do exist, a perfect hardware companion to the software suite remains elusive.

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    This limited edition version of the company’s backpack includes subtle Leica trim including the camera maker’s iconic red dot, as well as red stitching.

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    “Goodbye Neck Pain!” With The Yoshimi Camera Neck Strap

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    camera neck strap with backpack grip

    Have you had neck pain from carrying around DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras? The improved camera neck strap by Yoshimi Camera caught our attention at Inter BEE 2017. It redistributes your camera’s weight and puts an end to sore necks!

    At Inter BEE 2017 in Japan we found Hitotsuki-San, the man behind Yoshimi Camera Co. LTD. The company invented an improved camera neck strap. The idea behind their product is to attach the strap to a backpack and therefore redistribute the weight of the camera from neck to shoulders. They made this possible by adding a piece of leather to the traditional design of a camera neck strap, that attaches to a backpack’s top handle. Obviously you will have to wear a backpack to make this work.

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    Camera neck strap with a twist by Yoshimi Camera

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