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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Rich Harrington: What's going to be important is eye line, and you really need to have a conversation between everyone involved. I've positioned my camera to get the best shot of Jason. Now what becomes really important is where the interviewer's going to sit. So if Rob sits too far to one direction, Jason's eye line's going to be off and we're just going to get hard profile or he's looking down. Or looking up and we're seeing nose hair, which is usually not good for an interview shot. So it becomes important that they're actually sitting with good eye-line. So Rob's going to sit really close to the camera, so that Jason here can be looking towards the camera.
But not staring into the camera. And it looks awkward. And Rob's going to be at about the same height as Jason, so they're on similar stools, with good eye line. And when we do this, we're going to end up with what looks like a natural conversation. Rob's going to be serving the position of being the interviewer, or the representative for the audience member. And Jason, you're just going to look like you're actually talking to folks out there. It's going to work out really well. So once we get the positioning right, the interviewer, the camera, everything else, it's pretty straightforward. So just to recap, make sure that you really break it down like this.
Position your camera so it has the best eye line of your subject. Once you've got that done, you can go ahead and place the interviewer. Get him right up close to the camera, so that your interviewee is looking towards the camera but not directly in it. And do your best to get a good eye line, adjusting the height of the camera for the interview. And that the interviewer and the interviewee have similar body height. So they're not looking up or down. If you do that, your interviews are going to look a lot better.
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