Even shooting overexposed didn't bring up enough detail.
But using the flash brought out the subtleties I was after.
Taken in bright sunlight, but shaded by the engine hood.
The flash brightened up the engine compartment nicely.
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view, but wouldn’t it look a bit ore interesting if you shot it from a low angle, lingering for a few seconds as he/she looks at the envelope contemplating it or a beat? Thanks to the diminutive size of most camcorders, you can position them in all kinds of locations that larger format cameras couldn’t be used for. This makes them ideal for all kinds of creative positioning to give you lower-than-expected shooting angles. How about in the engine bay under the hood of a car shooting up at your subject – perhaps adjacent to a bomb? The camcorder is the tool, but it’s your imagination and creativity that makes the shot interesting; and, of course, the perspective. While I’ve touched on several points here to give you some ideas for low-angle perspec- tives, there’s nothing like seeing actual ex- amples to help drive the point home, so have a look at these.
The shooting script says: “As Jim lay on the seat, barely conscious after the crash, he sees a rescue worker through the cracked windshield coming to his aid”. This low-angle perspective makes for a dramatic shot showing this action, doesn’t it?
When doing an in-vehicle driving shot, rather than shooting the driver straight-on, try using a low angle and shooting up instead to give things a fresh point of view.
Having the camcorder at eye-level with the dog as he eats gives you quite a different view than shooting down at him would yield.
The shooting script says, “Carl looks off into the distance as Kathy drives off, thinking to himself how different things could have been.” The low camera angle augments his contemplative demeanor more than an eye-level shot would.