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Shooting Action Sports by Todd Grossman

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5 Camera Angles, Lenses, and Framing

Up until now, we’ve discussed many general principles regarding the process of shooting action sports. This chapter will begin with many of the technical approaches — including lenses, angles, shots, and various tricks and tips — that will apply both in the field and on a set. There was a time when almost all action sports were shot by two distinct types of people, each with their own distinct style of shooting. The first was the action-sports participant or friend of a participant: usually a skater who just happened to love filming. In the early days of shooting, this person would go out with a video camera and a wide-angle lens — and nothing more. Almost all shots would be handheld, and very rarely would ...

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