3.4 Scanning Your Shots

Scanning your shot means developing an eye to catch certain visual intrusions in your shot. These are not directly noticeable except when enlarged on the big screen.

In this chapter these small problems are pointed out.

Reflections: almost always reflecting bodies are a problem, they reflect the crew and other unwanted visuals.

Reflections include: mirrors, glass panels, car body paint, television sets, eye glasses, high gloss furniture, and most musical instruments.

Using the polarizer filter greatly solves most of these problems.

Backgrounds: check your background with your naked eye carefully. It is very annoying to find people looking into your camera a distance away. Also check for any unwanted garbadge or gadgets that may be left here and there.

Shadows: many times the microphone or somebody's shadow is cast in the picture. It may not be noticeable, especially against dark backgrounds. But once the camera roles and the person starts moving a bit, the moving shadow will waiste all your take.

The Microphone: It is amazing that microphones still claim a part of some pictures; even the higher end ones. Always use panning and tilting to check how far the microphone is. Always keep it a sufficient distance off the frame. This issue is discussed further in Chapter 5.3.7.

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