The Very Basic Camera Shots Everyone Should Know


What is an Establishment shot?
It is the shot actually/always takes place in the starting of the scene  to show, What the people in the scene doing and What's the scene is about and The Surroundings belonged to what?.
It is Taken by Covering up the Entire Environment.
Using Extreme Wides,Panning Cranes,Tilting Jibs And  Drones Whatever.
Although it's a Basic One,You can't Find film With this Shot.

Used For:
*To  Show what the Environment is About.
*To Show What type of Things/People Associated with.


        The Close-Up Shot,It is the One which have been Used Too much to quickly(badly) express things in the commercial films.Like saying it is used in wrong way.

What Is A closeup shot?

It is a shot which gives the whole end point of details for something of People,Things.With People, it actually for their Facial Expressions(in Detail) unless It is Used for Other part of the Body Associated to Story.It is useful to show something much important in Seconds.You don't stuff to tell about that to ruin up your duration.But Too Much of this leads to Irritation thats the thing i told you in the beginning.You can trick your audience by showing This for about micro seconds for Mysteries,Suspense Films. Like... Telling (in climax)"Hey i just showed it to you in closeup in Flashback ,Don't you saw it? oh man its Your Mistake".As previously said,Used for emotions ,this one bring audience into the cave of emotions.

Used For:
       *Detailed Expressions
       *The Importance Of Things.

3.Medium Shot

         Name told you things.Medium Shot ,It is the ordinary shot .It is a shot you need when your character is not so Emotional and Overwhelming/(he/she just telling some Info. But it creates realistic of the Frame, as it Covers the Head to Hip/Thigh of people with a medium info of background.Like in the real life we always stare at someone or something at this point of view.Thus TV interviews and other reality shows always goes with the medium shot as they are Real Events.As the Audience feels like they Communicate with Them.You can use it for emotional purpose also ,but it will not deliver much emotions like Closeups do.But it the best to convey the Body Language of People.Usually Characteristic is Conveyed through a Mid Shot in Most of the Good Films.Cutting off the frame with Elbow is the best to do with medium shot,Roger Deakins Always do That as you can watch the perfect scenery as well as the character.So it can used for People Introductions,Special Narrations.

Used For:
      *Characteristics,Activities and Body Language of People.
      *Make the Audience communicate with the characters.
      *Non-emotional neutral scenes.


            This shot is actually goes under the Point of View shot.It is used in the Middle of the Conversation.The 1/3 of the frame was covered by a shoulder of a Person with a Head/Mid of Another Person.It helps audience to focus on one person at a time.It actually become a default shot for conversations.As it is a third person's point of view shot ,it gives audience a feeling of listening to two person Speaking Personally.The Frame gets Close to the Face of One with Reduction of the another Person's Shoulder,it increases the Feeling.

Used For:
      *Conversation of two people.
      *As a point of view.


           It described as it is in the name...But not clearly.Low angle shot is described as Powerful One.Because in this shot,the subject will be depicted as a Powerful One.It Shows that the subject is more powerful than life.Usually this shot is used for One who have power over someone or something,like Godfather.But We can Also use this for Things like hal 9000 in 2001:a space odyssey and other Powerful Nonliving Things.As the Audience are Watching them from a point of below their eye level ,They conditionally make them shorter than the subject on screen ,thus make them feel like they are weak and the Subjects are Powerful!!!And also if this shot is correctly angled ,this shows a weird feeling of watching the things from a Fantasy world of dwarf(like the audience feel like dwarf watching a fantasy world of big creatures.).So it Actually make the scene much Important.But Too much of these shot in film make it a worse.

Used For:
   *Power of the Subject.
   *For Make The scene Important.


          The name obviously described itself before me,Yes it is straight opposite to the low angle.It makes the subjects Vulnerable and Powerless.Like they can be attacked,or being attacked.It makes audience feels little bit feared and thinks they can Give a hand to them when used over protagonists with right mood,effects.

Used For:
  *Make subjects vulnerable.
  *Audience more powerful.


           The Two is basically medium or full shot of two people,To give equal/unequal importance to two people on the frame.It usually go with Protagonist-Antagonist or Lovers or Two Friends like In dark knight joker/batman conversation and pulp fiction hit men shots.If there are only two people or subjects in the Frame then it is mean to be a Two shot.If one person is on the foreground within focus and another in the background with full shot it is also a two shot,and unsurprisingly three people tends to three shot and a single shot means both single person shot or technically single taken shot.

     Used For:
           *In the frame of two equal characters.
           *Or equally treated characters


          The Wide shot is Something that have a Wide Range View of Frame with subjects and environment.It also includes Full shot,Long shot.Wide shots are used to show many Subjects with an Environment with Details.But Using too much of this Shot Tends to loss interesting in the film.Because We can't go with a film without Emotional,Dramatic Expressions or We don't have Fish eye.In taking part, Long Wide Shot and Extreme Wide Shots are named.
It's Always an environmental shot.

Used For:
    *Detailed Surroundings.
    *Detailed Parts of People and Things and Environment with in a single frame.

The Very Basic Camera Shots Everyone Should Know The Very Basic Camera Shots Everyone Should Know Reviewed by CINEMA THOUGHTS on September 17, 2017 Rating: 5

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