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Framing aesthetics question

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I was shooting a girl walking through a path in the woods (her face was towards camera). Occasionally, she would need to bend over and duck under a branch. Any opinion on what looks better - A. Boom down and maintain the same headroom in frame or B. Hold the frame steady and let her head go down to the lower third or midpoint of frame and back up.

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GENERALLY:

 

Boom a little, tilt a little, and let her drop somewhat in the frame. The move should follow, energy wise, how she is moving through the woods. If she's calm, your moves moves should be calm and not overly excited about her dropping a bit in the frame. And if she's frantic, you need to be as well. It also depends on the frame size...

 

If you just boom, it feels unnatural, like the world is moving up. Classic Steadicam 101 stuff.

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