Camera Angles and Shots
By Sai and Varun
Adding different varieties of camera shots can make presentations and videos stand out
The extreme wide shot is the first and widest shot used in a video.
Extreme Wide Shot (EWS)
This shot is going to show the big picture and where the action is going to take place.
This angle is used to show the entire setting.
In this shot the characters aren't visible.
This shot can also establish the setting.
Very Wide Shot (VWS)
This shot also shows room for action.
In the VWS the subject is barely visible.
It is used to show the environment around the subject.
We are close to the subject's safety room.
Wide Shot (WS)
The subject's head and feet are near the top and bottom of the frame.
The subject is very visible.
The subject takes up the entire screen.
This shot can also be used to deliver information.
Mid Shot (MS)
This shot only allows minimal movement.
This shot shows some of the subject's detail and shows half of the body.
This shot is not used to show much emotion.
Your still in the subject's comfort zone.
Medium Close Up (MCU)
You can see the face more clearly.
This shot is between the mid shot and close up.
You can see part of the subject's body.
You are in the subject's personal space.
Close Up (CU)
Detail of the subject's face is visible.
A certain part of the subject takes up the entire screen.
Emotions are shown more clearly.
This shot can't show that much emotion.
Extreme Close Up (ECU)
Can't show the subject's reactions.
Extreme detail is shown.
This shot is only taken for a specific reason.
Over the Shoulder Shot (OSS)
This shot lets you see the subject from behind a person's shoulder.
Point of View Shot (POV)
This shot makes you look from the subject's perspective.
This is an unnatural shot.
This shot can cause a dramatic effect.
The shot is taken directly from above.
It shows the top of the subject.
The subject is seen from below.
The subject appears more powerful.
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