16/10/2013 | by tristan
There’s nothing worse than getting home to check out your day’s footage and finding that you’ve cropped out everyone’s heads and/or boards, easy to do when you’re trying to keep close and concentrate on riding at the same time. To make things simple, just follow this top tip; focus on your friend’s crotch.
Strange but true, if you aim the lens at your subject’s junk it helps you keep the camera focused roughly at their middle, keeping head-to-toe within shot. But if you have to compromise, it’s best to aim to give a little more screen time to the bottom half; it’s frustrating watching rail edits where you can’t see the board because then you probably can’t make out the trick.
And whilst we’re talking about crotches… Again as we spend our time sideways on to the hill it’s worth giving a little thought to how your subject is orientated with the rail. Think of how the riders’ stance and trick choice will affect which way they’re facing, much better to have their face in shot than their ass.