Hello! I'm new to stop motion and will be embarking on my first stop motion short. I'm currently deciding on how to arrange my camera so it's directly above the scene but won't cast a shadow over it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this? What do you think are the best techniques for mounting the camera and setting up lighting? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Hi Ray Zim, various things you could try...
auto pole with a super clamp
tripod with a horizontal arm
buy good quality (something like manfrotto if you can afford it) as it will be nice and sturdy.
Decide where U you want your camera and then work around the constrains of the spot. U can use a pole across 2 chairs, a tripod with a horizontal arm, it doesn't matter. Just make sure the camera is well attached and your base is well anchored. Use ballast, gaffer tape, whatnot. U don't want that camera to move at all.
For your shadow problem, common sense is the best but here are some suggestions; Lower your light source just pass below the camera level or try lighting from the side with 2 desktop lamps.
have fun !!!
I think Ill try the pole across two chairs or stools technique. Since I'm just starting out I don't have a horizontal arm so I might have to get creative with that. Gustavo, your examples were really helpful, thank you!
I'm sure the further in I get I'll have even more questions!