BASIC CAMERA SHOTS 🎥


The term "shot" is used by filmmakers to describe everything that happens on screen from the start of a scene until its end.

A shot is important because it can capture a wide range of information and convey it to the viewer. The type of shot you use is determined by the message you want to convey to the viewer.


Here are 4 Basic Camera Shots:

CLOSE-UP:

A close-up shot captures details of a subject or an object. The majority of the screen is taken up by this closely cropped picture, which for example frames a character's face so the viewer can perceive how they are feeling.

The close-up shot is also used to reveal details or information about an object.


EXTREME CLOSE-UP:

Similar to close up, except much more intimate. The extreme close-up emphasizes a small area or detail of the subject.


MEDIUM SHOT:

A medium shot is taken from waist up at a medium distance. It can be used for back-and-forth dialogue in a scenario so the audience can see each character. This shot is also called the 'sweet spot' since it shows both the person and the setting.

Using a medium shot helps the audience see the characters' body language and their environment.


LONG SHOT:

The long shot (or Wide shot) is frequently used as an establishing shot in films.

This type of camera shot shows the whole length of the subject. For a person, this would be head to toes, though not necessarily filling the frame.

The long shot also tends to be dominated by the scenery/setting.


The best approach is to experiment and use a range of shots in your videos to help tell the story or deliver the message that you want to get across!


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