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New Camera Angles For New Projects

No, I’ve not added disco lights to my lathe station! This is a diagram of the camera angles (some are new) I use when making my woodturning videos. 

When making videos, I take a lot of time setting the cameras up so I can demonstrate the pieces I turn as clearly as possible for you. Many hours have been spent working out the best places to put them and when I decided to ‘up the ante‘ as far as production was concerned, two new cameras were introduced into the fold to make making the videos easier, but editing a smidge longer. The effect though, I think has been very successful, and the feedback I’ve received from the channel has been brilliant.

Viewer feedback has been vital in choosing these positions. Without the feedback, I don’t think I would have brought the channel to where it is today, and certainly not have been producing videos to the standard that I aim to achieve with with each production. If you have provided feedback on the channel and the videos, thank you…and if you have anything you would like to add or suggest, please do leave a comment on this post.

So then, here are the camera angles I use for making the videos you enjoy watching. Use the image above as a guide to the key below. Beneath the list is a short video I did for Easter which shows the primary angles. I use three cameras to make the videos. The cam in position #1 remains in the place throughout, and does (will) the one in position #2. The other positions, the third camera can quickly and easily move to, and if required, I’ll move the camera from #2 to a new position.

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Camera positions showing the fields of view of each position.
Camera positions showing the fields of view of each position.

#1: This is the camera that I use to speak to you all through. It used to sit above the headstock, but following on from viewer requests, I’ve moved it to a position where I can speak directly to you, and you can still see the piece on the lathe. It also gives a great wide angle view of the lathe station and back of the workshop.

#2: When I originally started making videos, I used an overhead camera directly above the piece. I stopped doing that in favour of other anglesa few months ago, but with the introduction of a new camera, I can bring it back again which I am pleased about, and hope you will be too.

#3: Looking down the lathe bed from about my eye level, the camera mounted here is in the perfect location for zooming into the turning of bowls and also gives a great angle for those keeping an eye on the presentation of the tool to the wood on spindle work.

#4: Looking into a bowl at an oblique view is brilliant for seeing tool presentation and cutting motions used in bowl turning. This is one of my favorite angles.

#5: Shooting at the same height as the centre of the spindle, this movable mount is great for catching different angles or close-ups of work being done.

#6: Here is a new angle I’ve not yet put a mount up for although I do have a clamp-mount that I could use before deciding if it will be a permanent fixture. It will be able to look at the back of a bowl and also a reverse angle for spindles.

#7: The acrylic plate stuck to the side of the tailstock allows me to sucktion-mount a camera directly to the tailstock if needed to bring great details of spindle and tool work. There is a minor issue with camera shake if the lathe is vibrating too much though, so this position is not used much.[membership level=”0″][/membership][membership level=”0″]Hide the adverts! Join now from only £1.00 per month. Already a member? Login to hide the adverts![/membership]

Together with the angles above. I also have a collection of small tripods and other mounts I can utilise if needed, as well as a full size pro tripod. Add to that two professional photography studio lights, and what I really have is a miniature TV studio, Lol.


Thanks for reading and watching,