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Television Sports Production, 5th Edition by Jim Owens

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Chapter 7Cameras

It is hazardous and erroneous to believe that the more cameras there are, the better the show will be. The number of cameras alone does not guarantee good coverage. Close-ups are interesting. They show faces, details, and reactions, but the sports fan also likes to see how the competition develops. It is not the total number of cameras which is important, as much as their positioning. The principle should be that it should be possible to show the whole of one performance with one camera.

International Amateur Athletic Federation Television Guidelines

Sports productions use a variety of camera types, unique point-of-view shots, extremely long telephoto lenses, and different kinds of camera mounts. However, the best equipment ...

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