Camera Angles
Low-Angle Shot:
Make Your Subjects Look More Powerful!


Camera Angles Low Angle Shot

The camera angles low-angle shot is below eye level looking upward at the subject. This shot can have quite an impression on your audience…!

Here's how you use it...!


This view is also called an "Up-Shot". It shows the subject from below... Giving them the impression of being "bigger" more "powerful" or "dominant".

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The Effect of the Low Angle Shot…

This shot is a great tool for the videographer or filmmaker.

A low-angle shot can make a character look...

  • Bigger
  • Meaner
  • Stronger
  • Nobler
  • Dominant
  • Authoritative

low camera angle noble

Authoritative

Low angle authoritative

Strong

Low camera angle mean

Sinister

Low camera angle Dominant

Dominant

It can also give the impression of height.

Upshot camera angle height
Upshot camera angle

Low-angles are not a good shot to show detail like the close-up shot, as they sometimes distort the body and face of the subject .

One place this camera angle is used to great affect is when you are videoing a subject that is talking. The camera positions of newscasts and talk shows are often set just below the eye level of the anchor or host for a reason.

We literally look up at them, and this communicates a sense of "authority " and "credibility ".

Low Camera Angle News Shot

Credibility

Low camera angle Political Ad

Authority

These angles are also frequently used in political ads.

The "Trunk Shot"… A Special Use of the Low Angle Shot…

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A very special use of the low-angle camera shot is a shot that's called the "trunk shot".

Trunk shot Camera angle
Trunk shot example – Tarantino

The "trunk shot" is at an angle so that it appears that you're looking out of the trunk of a car (or from other low areas).


Trunk shot example – Star Trek
Trunk shot example Tarantino

* This shot is used to good effect in mystery, sci-fi, horror and gangster movies.

This shot is a very subjective viewpoint for the audience and gives them the impression that they are looking out of the characters eyes and are seeing exactly what he's seeing at the moment. It can be very powerful! It pulls them into the scene or shot and makes them think and feel along with the character in the movie.

It's not used often (and probably shouldn't be) but, when used, it certainly gives a very unique view and, if used correctly, has a great impact on the audience.

Tips on Using the Low Angle Camera Shot…

A little goes a long way…! When you shoot your scenes... be sure to carefully consider these views and how they will impact your viewer... and also…


Video Production Tip #1 – low angle shot

* Don't overuse this shot as it will tend to lose its effectiveness with your audience. A little really does go a long way!




Video Production Tip #2 – low angle shot

* Using this angle can make your audience feel more "vulnerable" to the antagonist in the scene and may help engender empathy for a particular character (such as the "Hero" or "Heroine" of the story).




Video Production Tip #3 – low angle shot

* When using camera angles (other than eye-level) sometimes it's a little harder to keep the camera steady, so just make sure you work out a way to avoid any camera shake while using this angle.




Video Production Tip #4 – low angle shot

* Using different camera angles are a good way to break any monotony in a video. They give the video interesting looks and keep the audience involved with the action... So be sure to use a variety of them when you're shooting your video.




Shooting from various camera angles can help you create the exact emotional response you want from your audience...!

Have fun with them and also… Learn to use them well!!


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Have fun...!  Dan


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