Camera angles give the audience unique views of a scene... The "Angle" is the camera's, and more importantly, the audience's viewpoint of the scene.
Let's take a look at these different angles and how to use them…!
The term “camera angles ” can mean slightly different things to different people in film and video production.
But... the way I use the term here is...
In other words... the "angle" is where the camera is placed in relation to the people and objects in the scene.
It is determined by answering the question...
From where will the audience be looking at this shot?...
* Straight-on, or
* Looking down at the subject or
* Looking up at the subject etc.
Simple...! The important things to know are:
Some people use the term “Camera Angle” to include "Camera Shot Types"...
are not really the same thing... There are basic "Camera Shot types"(See Related Articles below)
The basic Camera Shots are really more about...
"Camera Angles " on the other hand...
more about creating an...
* Impact and
* Emotional reaction...
In your audience by camera positioning and placement in ways so that they have a unique view of the scene.
The angle you are shooting at will go a long way in determining the emotional response of your audience.
You can use angles to set a mood or tone so viewers can better grasp the emotional content in the scene.
Viewers have been conditioned by filmmakers over the years to interpret the cameras "eye level " or "angle " as containing “meaning ”.
For example, most viewers expect the camera to show a level horizon. If the camera view is not level...
Then the scene appears unusual, "sinister" or that something may be wrong or about to happen. A bird’s-eye or worms-eye view is unnatural and draws attention just because of the angle itself. The more extreme the angle... The more emotional, unusual, or symbolic the shot can seem to a viewer.
As a videographer or filmmaker, the angles that you shoot your shots or scenes at should be carefully considered.
The video’s or film's “eye level” (angle) is where the camera is placed when shooting and... generally speaking...
A standing videographer will hold the camera at his eye level.
Eye level is generally expected by the audience to be set at about... 4 feet to 6 feet off the ground.
This level of view is considered "normal " by most viewers and that would be fine most of the time... But… As a videographer your "view" may be different from the "standard" angle of view.
If you're an exceptionally tall person, your camera angle will usually be looking down at people and objects (high angle view) and they'll appear to be smaller than they are (which is what a high angle view does).
Similarly, a short videographer might consider whether it's always good to be looking up at people (low angle view). The low angle view often appears to make the subject look bigger or more powerful which might not be what the videographer intends in that scene. So for him perhaps it would be better to stand on higher ground sometimes.
Just remember... When you shoot a shot or scene that... the angle you shoot at will go a long way in determining the intellectual and emotional response of the audience.
Carefully consider the angles and how they will impact your viewer... Here are some articles on how you can use the various camera angles:
the different angles intelligently can help you create the exact
emotional response you want from the audience to your video...!
Become a master at using the various camera angles and you'll be able to generate the exact emotional response that you want from the audience to your scenes...
And that can make for a great video...!(Top of Page)
Have fun...! Dan
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