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What Are the Different Types of Shots and Angles?

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What Are the Different Types of Shots and Angles?

When you are doing a photo shoot, it’s advisable to capture a wide range of shots and angles. If you do this, you can take pictures of the same subject and have them look completely different.

There are a wide variety of ways to change things up and it can be hard to think of them all when you are on the spot. This article will list your options, so you have them all in one place.

Camera Shots

Here are the various types of camera shots you can use while shooting:

Close Up: This shot is taken at close range, and it will capture minute details of your subject. The subject will fill up most of the frame and it will draw in the viewer’s attention.

Medium Shot: A medium shot, or waist shot is taken at a medium distance from your subject. It is known as the ‘sweet spot’ shot because it shows a good amount of your subject as well as the scene behind them.

Long Shot: A long shot or wide shot shows the length of the subject and the surroundings. It makes the viewer feel isolated as if they are only onlookers in the scene that’s presented. It has been used to take some of the most iconic shots.

Extreme Close Up: An extreme close involves the subject being tightly framed and shown on a large scale. It can also include macro photography that is so close you may only see details making the subject unrecognizable.

Extreme Long Shot: An extreme long shot is so far from the subject, that the subject won’t be in focus anymore. The surrounding area is more heavily featured in the shot. It demonstrates the scale of the scene and it’s great for vast landscapes.

Camera Angles

Here are the various types of camera angles:

High Angle: A high angle shot is taken from above. It may make it seem as if the subject is being overtaken which makes it great for horror photography. It also shows the setting of the scene.

Low Angle: A low angle shot is taken low on the vertical axis below the eyeline, and it looks up at the subject. It makes the subject look powerful. It can also add height to the subject.

Over the Shoulder: Over the shoulder shots will be taken over the shoulder of one subject and focus on another or the photographer may focus from behind an object in the background. It’s a good way to take candid shots and it’s also optimal for scenes where you want to show depth of field.

Birds Eye: Birds eye or aerial view shots are taken when the camera is overhead capturing the action below it. To get this kind of shot, the photographer may need to get on top of a ladder or climb a high structure or building. Today, birds eye pictures are often taken with drones.

Dutch Angle/ Tilt: This type of angle is achieved by tilting the camera to one side. It creates a dramatic effect and an abstract look. It can evoke feelings of disorientation, distress, and tension.

If you want to get creative with your photography, these shots and angles will help you take it to the next level. You will be amazed at what a change different viewpoints can achieve. Which will you be using in your photo shoots?

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