Today, we’re talking about 10 types of camera angles you can use to make sure you capture visually interesting & dynamic footage for your next video.
Our clients often ask us for video tips, either to use themselves when they’re filming or share with their Mobile Crew that uploads video clips to their projects with the EditMate Uploader.
And what’s our #1 tip?
Get creative with a variety of different camera angles!
Because in order to have a visually interesting edited video, you must have an assortment of composition types in your raw video clips.
With a video, “composition” refers to the arrangement of the elements within a moving image.
If you have an Instagram account, you probably have already experimented with photo and video compositions without even really thinking about it. But having a true understanding of when and why to use those angles can make a huge difference in the flow and feel of your video.
So continuing on with our Video Basics Series, we’ve teamed up with Leef Parks to break down 10 Types of Camera Angles, and illustrate examples of each. Watch the video below, then keep scrolling to check out individual GIFs and explanations of each angle…
And see more details on each type of camera angle:
Extreme Wide Shot
Contextualizes where you are, physically. Often shows off the location (of the event, workplace, city) where the video takes place.
Very Wide Shot
Notice how the location is still prevalent here but the subject is also visible.
A wide camera angle shows the environment but with more emphasis on the subject, within the environment.
Aiming for a waist-up shot, this composition shows more details of the subject; including their body language and gestures.
Inspired by showing off the guns in western movies, the cowboy shot camera angle is from the knee up.
In a close-up, the subject’s face is highlighted. With this increased attention to detail, the audience can absorb the subject’s emotional reaction.
Extreme Close Up
Getting extremely close to your subject is the perfect way to show a lot of detail or heighten the emotion of a scene.
Over The Shoulder Shot
Frames the subject by shooting from behind the person they are talking to. These are typically used in dialogue scenes and show a subject’s perspective, within the conversation.
Point of View Shot (POV)
Shows a subject’s perspective as though the audience is looking right through their eyes.
Flips the point of view camera angle to show the subject from the reverse angle, including from an inanimate object like the classic fridge shot.
Got all that?
Now with your newfound knowledge, watch how in these videos the Mobile Film Crews for Almond Breeze and The International Travel College of New Zealand (both armed with iPhones) varied their compositions with a variety of different camera angles…
Examples of Camera Angles in Real EditMate Videos
Here, Almond Breeze had their Brand Ambassadors take mobile videos at a festival in Auckland, New Zealand. Note how the wide angle is used as an establishing shot detailing the location and an over-the-shoulder camera angle brings you right into the booth, making smoothies with the team.
In this video for The International Travel College of New Zealand, an ITC employee visited a former student at his job in Thailand and uploaded video clips of it to ITC’s Uploader. Note how the point-of-view camera angles have you (the viewer) driving through the jungle and riding an elephant!