How do I shoot interesting video?

There are lots of different camera shots you can use to make an interesting video. And good videographers will use several different shots in a single piece to keep the viewer’s attention and create a dynamic presentation. Here are some examples of different kinds of camera shots and movement techniques for creating a great video.

Wide shots

Wide shots bring the subject into full frame so the visual emphasis is no longer on the surroundings; however, the shot still includes enough of the scene that the viewer gets a sense of the visual context for the story.

wide shot

Mid shots

Mid shots zoom in even closer on the subject, drawing more attention to a particular area, such as a person’s face; however, a bit of the scene is still visible in the frame.

mid shot

Medium close up shots

Medium close up shots are a little closer than mid shots, causing the surroundings to become less obvious. The focus is clearly on the subject’s features and expressions.

medium close up

Close up shots

Close up shots frame the subject from head to shoulder. Close ups are often the best way to focus on human emotion by offering tight shots on faces, expressions, or body language.

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Extreme close up shots

Extreme close up shots of a person could easily fill the frame, showing the greatest degree of detail.

extreme close up

Cut in shots

Cut in shots are close ups or extreme close ups that show other parts of a subject. These can be used in concert with close ups of the face to combine expressions with body language. This method can help viewers connect with the subject and story.

cut in shot

Cutaway shots

Cutaway shots are comprised of supplemental footage, or b-roll. Cutaways can be used as transitions between shots or to add information not offered by shots of the main subject or scene.

cut away shot

Point of view shots

Point of view shots show a scene from the subject’s perspective. These help place the viewer in the subject’s shoes.

point of view shot