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CHAPTER 7. Using the Camera > 7.46 Distortions - Pg. 183

Using the Camera CHAPTER 7 close-up shots often lose scale and make the audience forget the true size and proportions of the subject. looking down at any subject tends to make it look less impressive than look- ing up at it. Although steeply angled viewpoints are usually too dramatic for most purposes, even a slight variation from an eye-level position can affect the impact of a subject. 183 7.46 DISTORTIONS controlled distortion can be an effective camera/lens technique in appropri- ate situations. for example, use a close wide-angle lens to distort a Halloween mask and create a frightening effect. or use this technique to make a small group of trees look like a threatening forest. However, take care so that shapes do not become badly distorted by acci- dent. let's use an example of shooting an oil painting situated high on the wall of a historic house. either to avoid light reflections or to get an unob- structed view, the camera operator may decide to take close shots of it from a side position using a telephoto lens. while he or she may get the shot, the result may be a squashed version of the painting that does little justice to the