8 Different Camera Angles

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All beginners should fully know photography tips to shoot nice photos! In this post, I’m introducing 8 basic camera angles in photography. “The best way to learn photography is to study the painting and cinema”. It’s the most useful advice since I came to the photography.

Through nearly 150-year history, cameramen have explored and created various shooting techniques in the filmmaking process.

Learning and applying them to the photography, I want to recommend to you all “8 camera shots and angles for all beginners”, which is synthesized from the camera angles of cinematic works.

They’re popular in the photography and I’m strongly sure many people feel them similar to these of movies.

1. One of some different camera angles: The Medium Shot

Get started with one of the most popular frames, namely Medium Shot where photographers shoot between the knee or waist to the top of the head.

This frame includes a part of the background and the subjects, which are enough for viewers to feel the main characters at first sight.

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The medium shot above doesn’t show the emotions of the girl but provides viewers with an overview of our good-looking girl selling at night market.

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2. The Close-up

Close-up photos include 2 types, namely wide close-up whose frame is above the chest and narrow close-up whose frame is under the neck.

A close-up shot brings viewers with a deeper connection with the subject. Hence, the viewers can feel partially the characters’ personality in the photo.

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I took this photo of a baby girl when I ran into her playing with her mom. A narrow close-up shot gives us a sense of joy, happiness and an innocent look.

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Anh this is a wider close-up shot of the same baby girl. You can see clearly every aspect of her face and her shy expressions via this wide close-up angle.

3. The Long Shot

This is an ideal choice to tell your own story. A telephotography allows viewers to see the whole subject and surroundings. They can feel part of the character’s life based on the photo’s layout.

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When I was sitting in a cafe at the corner of the crossroad, I ran into observing a wide angle and suddenly shot this photo.

All viewers can easily see part of poor and hard life in a night with her bike and some fruit above.

4. Dutch Angle

I’m strongly sure that all beginners have ever shot tilting camera angles and realized a more artistic-looking image. It’s “Dutch Angle” which is commonly used to express the deep feeling of the subjects.

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5. Low angle – worm’s-eye view

When you shoot a low-angle photo, often called “worm’s eye view”, the subjects become more normal. The cameramen place the lens below the subject.

This angle brings you a sense of serenity, respect or creates height, power, and the influence of the main character.

basic camera anglesThese types of camera angles help viewers see clearly the strength and power of the athletes and focus on every of their step.

6. High angle – Bird’s eyes view

This camera angle makes viewers feel that the subjects become weaker, smaller or less important, compared to people or surroundings.As above-mentioned, the high angle is ideal to show a smaller and weaker subject. Personally, this angle is suitable for all girls’ gentleness and loveliness.

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I love shooting babies with the high angle. This angle makes the baby boy smaller and lovelier with a bright smile.

In special cases, if you want to capture an awful moment upcoming to the subject, why don’t you combinate this angle with the Dutch angle for an impressive image.

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Source: “Inception”

7. The Extreme Close-up

We choose the extreme close-up so as to emphasize a specific detail in the frame. It’s very easy to see extreme close-up photos in a wedding album with the main subject of ring finger or a portrait with eyes of the character.

You can use a macro lens to show subjects in more detailed.

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8. The Over The Shoulder

We opt the over the shoulder to express the connection of our subjects with other things. When you choose this angle, you need to choose a position enough close to the subject and observe it according to the subject.

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It’s a Japanese guitarist I introduced. The over the shoulder helps me observe the action where he is interested in looking for the most favorite music song.

When shooting this scene, I feel clearly his excitement to flip every paper sheet and continue “feeling” with his guitar.

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