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Video Shooter, 3rd Edition by Barry Braverman

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CHAPTER

Supporting Your Story

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Analogous to the painters of centuries ago, today’s shooter provides a window on the world, a proscenium through which we compose and expose the scene, and apply the rudiments of good storytelling craft. Compelling stories demand rigorous support of the frame walls. When we shake the frame and weaken its bones, we better have a good story reason.

I developed a love for my tripod over three decades ago in the streets of Communist Poland. The 1980s were a tumultuous time in Eastern Europe, and for me, being able to scurry about and set up my tripod quickly meant that I could use a longer lens to capture the hardened faces of the regime’s soldiers perched atop their armored personnel carriers and the dispirited ...

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