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How Camera Angle Affects the Body Shape: A Video Lighting Tutorial by Jay P. Morgan

4/03/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

In today's Slanted Lens lesson we are on location at the Bonneville Slat Flats in Utah and we will be exploring how camera height affects body shape.

I always wanted to shoot at the Salt Flats but didn't realize that in March it's under water. Not to be deterred we headed out to the Salt Flats using them as a reflection pool. The water is only 6 to 8 inches deep which is perfect for our purpose. Height is a critical element when we shoot our talent.

 The angle will flatter our talent or cause them to look comical. We make the decision on the camera angle based on what we want to communicate. Low angles are great for full body and higher angles are better as we move into a head and shoulders.

Our light today is very simple. We are using mostly natural light and will use one Dynalight strobe head with a Photoflex soft box to emphasize the highlight on our talent's face from the hazy sun.

Keep those cameras rolling and keep on clickn'.

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