ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Thinking in Motion

By May 6, 2009May 26th, 2016Strictly Business Blog

I still have a foot in both the video and still worlds. But it’s tough to be able to shoot both formats on the same job – or that is to go back and forth trying to get both covered.  Ultimately you always feel like something is being compromised.

But the most important point to state here is that I “flip a switch” in my head to think and see differently when I shoot with a motion tool.  Still images are moments in time, while video is time in motion.

Video is shot in sequences with each sequence having a beginning, middle and an end. For instance – man enters frame – gets into car – drives off.  Now that could be one shot or sequence if you will but it could also be conveyed shooting this same sequence from various angles, focal length etc. and then edited together in post.

So in order to get “the goods” and be able to have enough to work with in post – you need to “shoot and move”.  Covering the gamut in angles, wide shots, close-ups etc. or you will be in a world of hurt when you go to edit.

Perhaps one of the most important things to remember about shooting motion is to let the action move in the frame as opposed to moving the camera.  Don’t pan or zoom in just because you can – use these moves sparingly if there is a motivation for the move from a story point of view.  For example – you’ve all seen the 60 Minutes interview technique of the camera zooming (or actually moving) in closer on someone’s face to accentuate a point or feeling.  That’s a motivated move.