Reflection- Camera Angle

In a recent session, we looked at the different types of camera angles that can be used when filming something. It means that you could capture a subject showing different aspects to highlight, importance. When creating anything using footage it is important as an editor to change up the shots frequently as the audience will get bored and lose interest. We also looked at how different angles can convey specific things and can create a different emotion.

Some of the shots we looked at as a group was:

  • Wide shot or establishing shot
  • Full shot
  • Mid shot
  • Close-ups: straight on, side on
  • Extreme close-up
  • Dutch shot – creates unease
  • Lower angle shot – convey superiority
  • High angle – viewer in control
  • Pan shot
  • Cut in
  • Over the head – looking at something
  • Tilt
  • Dolly zoom
  • Over shoulder
  • POV shots (point of view)
  • Aerial shots

Rule of thirds is another compositional technique seen within a lot of photography it is where the image is divided into a 3 x 3 grid hypothetically. If I was to interview someone and wanted to use the technique then ideally, the subject should be positioned on the 3rd line.

When looking at the ‘Golden ratio’ I thought it was really intriguing as it is just a hidden swirl within an image. This swirl line draws your eye in to a certain place within the image generally where the action is or the focal point within the image. I found that some of the images we looked at made me feel uneasy as people manipulate and change the position of the ‘Golden rule’. This can be done intentionally. Learning about the ‘Golden rule’ will help me as a practitioner of my own work. Especially, when thinking about the composition of an image or piece of footage. I could use this technique to draw the viewers eye in or make a sense a little unsettling. This will only work in some cases.

Lighting is incredibly important with any filming or photography as it can under light or over light and area or subject. We were introduced to the 3-point lighting of an area or subject. This was nothing new to me as I had to use this technique on my previous course. The light sources should be:

  • One behind the subject at an angle
  • One in front of the subject at an angle
  • One on a 45° angle to highlight

The session was really useful as it reminded me of the key things and reminded me of my own knowledge and refreshed the memory also reminded me how i can use all these techniques when later doing projects and assignments. All in order to get the best out of what i can do.

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