You must have a great command of camera techniques if you want to shoot outstanding video footage!
Here are the tips and techniques that will help you to shoot like a Pro!
Why Should You Learn Camera Techniques?
The know-how and techniques of video production and the video production process is a quite broad subject and being familiar with it is the
key to producing a film or video that is entertaining, understandable and has an impact on
As broad as the subject is however… it’s not hard to learn if you break it down into its simple parts! The professionals normally split it into three major parts:
- Production and
In this section we’re going to delve into the “Production” part of this process and concentrate on one of my favorite subjects…
* Camera techniques… The art and technology of how you operate a camera so that you can get that “perfect shot”!
So… Why do you want a “perfect shot”?
Well… Think ahead to creating your finished video… Shooting sharp, clear and interesting footage is the key to having outstanding
material to work with when you’re putting together your video in the post-production phase.
When you get to the post-production stage and do your actual digital video editing you could be using the best video editing software available but… If you don’t have great material to work with… believe me… It will be hard to make a great looking, interesting and compelling video… that’s for sure!
So… I’ll keep it simple and still give you some great
information about camera techniques that you can really use!
Here are some tips and techniques on how to compose and shoot video like a Pro…!
More on Digital Video Camera Basics…
Video Composition and Camera Techniques…
Video composition is the way that you compose the elements of your shot so that the shot creates your desired effect on your audience.
Video composition is all about arranging the elements of the scene or sequence so that they convey your…
- Meaning and
- Evoke a
specific emotional response in the audience when they view your video.
We’ll go into elements of composition like static and dynamic subjects and how best to shoot them. What is depth of field and how to use it creatively. And much more!
Learning how to use the rules of composition as part of your camera techniques will move you past the…
“Point” -> “Shoot” -> and
-> “Hope I Get Something“
To being able to confidently shoot footage that is clear, concise, meaningful and will have an impact on your audience!
More on Video Composition…
Camera Techniques… The Types of Basic Camera Shots…
In camera techniques this is all about the “framing” of the shot.
Few things are more fundamental to making a great video
than knowing how to frame your subject so that you get the best shot possible.
Proper use of the basic camera shots determine how you get, keep and control your
audience’s attention and what sort of emotional response you will get when they
watch a scene in your video.
These are very important things to know indeed! They can be the key to making a great video. We’ll take a look in general at the basic camera shots and then break them down in more detail.
Remember… Were not talking about camera angles here but the camera shots. The camera shots breakdown into general categories such as:
The Long Shot
The Medium Shot
The Close-Up Shot
Extreme Close-Up Shot
More on The Basic Camera Shots…
Camera Techniques… The Camera Angles…
A camera angle (the video camera placement) is the physical
relationship of the camera to the person or object that is being viewed and videoed.
It’s different from the camera shot in that the
“Shot” is all about how you “frame” a subject in the scene. In other words, the “location” of the subject in the scene’s composition.
The camera Shot is all about the subject’s… location!
* The camera Angle however, is all about the audience’s viewpoint of the scene… It’s from what point (location) is the audience looking at the scene… not where the subject of the video is in the scene.
Camera angles are a powerful tool in video making as… where the audience is looking from and how they
perceive the angle of the shot has a lot to do with how they will react to a particular
Here are some examples…
The Slanted Angle or Dutch Tilt…
The Low Angle…
The Overhead Angle…
The Eye-Level Angle…
The High Angle…
And… that’s just to name a few of the ways that these camera techniques are used by filmmakers and videographers!
More on Camera Angles…
Using the Your Video Footage… The Video Production Process…
You may not be shooting professionally but, knowing
something about the video production process and how it relates to video production camerawork and shooting great material will help you organize your
shooting so that you can produce great video footage whenever you want!
Quite frankly… even if you’re an amateur…
If you have a high definition digital video camera, a powerful video editing computer and the latest editing software (even the free video editing software that you can download online) you can make videos that can rival a Hollywood professional…!
More on The Video Production Process…
Learn how to do your camerawork well…
And you’ll always be able to crank
out great video footage that will in-turn become part of your video
Have fun…! Dan (Editor)
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