The Point of View shot is captured at eye level to show precisely what a character sees. It is used to transmit the subjective view that a particular character has on the action.

September 7, 2015

Point of View Shot

The Point of View shot is captured at eye level to show precisely what a character sees. It is used to transmit the subjective view that […]
September 7, 2015

Over the Shoulder Shot

The Over the Shoulder Shot shows what a character sees while at the same time showing the back of the character’s head in the foreground. It […]
September 7, 2015

The Tilted Angle

The Tilted Angle, also called Dutch Angle, is captured with the camera rotated slightly. It is used to show the situation as dangerous and to suggest […]
September 7, 2015

The High Angle

A High Angle is captured by looking down on the character, with the effect of making it appear weak and insignificant.
September 7, 2015

The Low Angle

A Low Angle, also called the Hero Shot, is captured by looking up to the character, with the effect of making it appear more important and […]
September 7, 2015

Cutting

A story is propelled by the point of view shown by the camera. However it is rarely a good idea to cut straight to the action. […]
September 7, 2015

Adding the Third dimension

For a 2D Image to feel like a 3D scene it is crucial to provide visual clues. The notion of perspective can be easily transmitted with […]
September 7, 2015

Using the Foreground

You can exploit objects as obstructions on the foreground, usually by keeping them out of focus, to hide part of the action or the background. Visual […]
September 7, 2015

Remember the Background

Always be mindful of the objects, textures and movement going on in the background. In many situations, the background reveals more about a story than the […]
September 7, 2015

Image Detail

The sharpness of the image you can capture depends on the quality of your optics. However it is possible to boost the level of detail within […]
September 7, 2015

Cropping Bodies

Whenever a character’s body is cropped in a frame, avoid making the crop on natural joint like elbows and knees. The audience might sub-consciously feel a […]
September 7, 2015

Empty Space

The amount of space in the frame left around the character should not be left to chance. You should try to leave more empty space on […]
September 7, 2015

The 180º Rule

When shooting a conversation between characters, and alternating between them, the cameras always have to be placed on the same side of an imaginary line that […]
September 7, 2015

Finding the Triangles

Another important rule of composition is placing the key objects on the frame, in a way that they form imaginary triangles. These triangles help us keep […]
September 7, 2015

The Rule of Thirds

This is one of the most crucial rules in composition. With an imaginary grid you divide the image into three rows and three columns. The basic […]
September 7, 2015

Excluding and Implying

Anything that is not essential to tell the story should in principle be left out of the frame. Allowing the audience to imply hidden elements from […]
September 7, 2015

Composing

Composing is the art of establishing relations between the objects in a shot, and between those objects and the frame. Controlling these relative positions and distances […]
September 7, 2015

Extreme Close-Up

Extreme Close-Ups are an exaggeration of the traditional close-up that focuses on a single feature, like the eyes or mouth of a character, to transmit emotions […]
September 7, 2015

Close-Up

Close-Ups are shoots that focus on a person‘s face, or on the details of an object, as a way to show its importance. Characters are showed […]
September 7, 2015

Long Shot

Long Shot or Telephoto captures a narrow field of view and is used to zoom on distance objects or characters. Usually this shoot shows the entire […]