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Shooting motion with your LEGRIA camcorder


Capturing motion in photos requires you to make a choice between freezing the action OR allowing creative blur to show the idea of movement in your photos. The direction you take depends on what you want your photo to say to your viewers. Capturing the emotion on a tennis player’s face in a frozen moment will convey a different message to a shot which shows blurred movement at full stretch across a court. Each can be equally powerful.

Whichever camera you’re using, there is a range of techniques to capture movement effectively, add creativity and convey a story through your photos. Canon tutor, Brian Worley explains how to get the most from your camera. He also reveals useful tips for shooting with your LEGRIA.

Use a mix of static and tracking shots

Making movies is all about movement and there are different ways to show movement with video. The moving subject can pass across the frame with the camera kept still, a static shot; or the camera can be moved to track or pan with the moving subject.

Use a mixture of static and tracking shots to create more interesting footage.

If you are filming something that repeats in a predictable way - such as athletes lapping a running track – then plan in advance how you will capture the event.

To establish the context of the scene a wide-angle shot is good to start with, and then switch to a tighter shot but keeping the camera in a fixed position.

Once the race is running try a mix of moving camera and fixed camera shots. Make sure to be ready to capture the important finish too.

It may be better to shoot a wider finish line shot to include all the competitors running to the finish line, but be ready to move the camera to follow the winner celebrating after the race is over.

Move your camera to add interest to movies

Movies are made more interesting with the use of camera movement. If the subject is also moving then plan to shoot both static and panned shots.

Static shots often need the camera to be held stationary, but with practice short clips are quite simple to capture even hand held. Remember that a wide-angle shot will appear less shaky than a close up shot. For the ultimate static shot a tripod or other support is best.

Static shots are often ideal for the start of things. Start with a wide shot to establish the context of the event or subject. Allow the action to happen and the subject to move out of the frame. Once the subject is moving track them by moving the camera at the same speed to keep the main subject in the same part of the frame. This can be quite hard to do but keep the clips relatively short. Short clips give a greater sense of pace to edited movies.

Capture moving details with both static camera shots and moving camera shots. By focusing on a small moving detail of the scene you capture a useful clip of movie that can be inserted between other clips to help tell the story. If the subject is an athlete running then make sure to capture close-up clips of the shoes and feet.

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