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#526Write, edit and plan shots in your head as you cover a story. Take several extra shots just in case you need them.Feb 20, 2012
#472For breaking news, shoot off-the-shoulder for defining moments and sound. Go back later to fill in the story with tripod shots, and mix them together in the edit bay.Oct 10, 2011
#415The impact of words describing photos or video is much stronger if you use a sprinkling of fun words, words you don’t hear very often.Jul 18, 2011
#406Marry pictures – stills or video – and words so they complement, not compete against, each other. Explain the picture, don’t describe it.Jul 06, 2011
#368Words and pictures should hold hands. Words make pictures more powerful, meaningful and memorable.May 20, 2011
#197Most video stories on the Web are short – 30 to 90 seconds. A longer story is 2 to 5 minutes. Your viewers can easily click to another site if the story goes on too long or is not engaging viewing.Sep 25, 2010
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