Shooting abstract videography with your LEGRIA camcorder

LEGRIA tips

In this month’s tutorial, we’re looking at some of the techniques you can use to help you shoot strikingly unconventional abstract film – ideas that can add new dimensions to your craft and open up new creative avenues to explore

Nishanth Jois, Outside the window there’s light

Nishanth Jois, Outside the window there’s light - Copyright Info: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Camera position

Often people shoot video with the camera on a tripod or handheld at about shoulder height. To make your work more interesting, try shooting from extreme high or low perspectives to show the view that is less often seen.

Try this: capture the hustle and bustle of the city from unusual perspectives. Put your camera on the ground between your feet, for example, to show the rush of feet going by. Or a view from high up a tower or building of the people a long way down below.

The Wi-Fi feature on many LEGRIAs allows you to see the camcorder view on your smartphone, so even though your LEGRIA is in an unusual spot you still can see the shot.

Contrast the quiet and busy

If time allows show the contrast between the extreme early morning streets with little or no traffic and people, then later in the day return to the same position to show how just a few hours changes the appearance of a city streets.

You could also try mixing the length of the clips you capture, with longer shots of quiet empty streets edited together with short clips of more busy environments.

Leo Hidalgo, Through the window

Leo Hidalgo, Through the window - Copyright Info: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Watch the shadows

If you shoot the same location at different times of the day, take care with the editing, as cutting from one clip taken in the morning to another taken later in the day will cause the shadows to switch sides in the frame. Shadows on the left of the subject in the morning will be on the right in the afternoon. Alternatively keep a close eye on the shadows and vary your position to keep the shadows consistent through each separate clip in the day.

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