Camera positioning

Positioning the subject

Find a spot with a background that helps to inform the scene. Alternatively use an interesting generic space that does not confuse the viewer. Keep the subject as far from the back wall as possible and position the camera as close as is practical. This is represented in Diagram 2. The wide angle of the lens combined with the distance to the background will add depth to the scene.

Image: Positioning the subject
Image: Positioning the subject

Setting up the camera

Set the height of the camera lens roughly at the same height as the interviewee’s eye line. Position the camera slightly off centre to the subject. Some adjustments may need to be made to keep lighting and equipment out of the line of site.

Image: Setting up the camera

Camera Positioning and Framing

This UHI video looks at camera positioning and framing for filming interviews and talk head style videos. 

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