September 27, 2014 at 9:03AM
This question may not be up to the philosophical level of other questions that appear here but how much "talk space" is necessary for the "head shot" of an interviewee? I'm talking "news-y" type interviews where you may show the interviewee about :08 - :10 seconds for every 2:00 or so of comments from them.
I shoot a lot of one-man-band interviews and often the interviewee shifts in the frame from where I place them with good talk space to being slightly offset from center in the frame. (And of course, the bite I want to use on camera has poor talk space). I get very strong feedback whenever the talk-space isn't considered good enough. On the other hand, I've seen TV interviews in various genres (news, documentaries, sports) where the producers seem pretty casual about talk space. So, as I asked before, is there a best-practice for "talk space."