Camera Angles and Movements

Distanct Angles Make Your Picture Better.

Camera Angles

Bird's Eye View

This shows a scene from directly overhead. Familiar objects at this angle might look unrecognizable at first. This shot, however, puts the viewers in a godlike position looking down on the action. Objects or people can be made to look insignificant, ant-like, and part of a wider scheme of things.


Low View

Low angles give a sense of confusion and powerlessness to the audience. The added height of the subject can inspire fear and insecurity to the audience. To sum it up, this angle shows that the subject is the dominant one.


High Angle

This angle is not so extreme as the bird's eye view. Generally, a camera is elevated to give a general overview. High angle make the subject look smaller, but in some cases, it can make the picture look scary.


Over-the-Head Shot

This type of shot shows imbalance, transition, and instability. This is when the camera becomes the 'eyes' of a particular character, seeing what they see. A handheld camera is normally used for this type shot.


Extreme Close-Up

This shot would normally magnify what the human eye would not experience in reality. This shot would only show the eyes or mouth whatsoever with no background detail. This is a artificial shot and can be used for dramatic effect.


Wide Shot

This shot shows more emphasis on the scene-setting than the object itself. This shot is often used to show scenes of thrilling action or a war. There will be very little detail shown. This is there to give a general impression of the shot.



This angle shows a fairly neutral shot. The camera is positioned as though it is being viewed by a human. The height of the camera is generally five to six feet above the ground.


The Rules of Third


The basic principle for the rules of third is breaking an image down into thirds, so you have nine parts. The theory is that if you place points of intersect in the intersection or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced, and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.


Camera Movements


Moving the camera up and down while keeping its horizontal axis constant.


Moving the camera left or right while keeping the vertical axis constant.


Most people are familiar with this type of movement. This movement involves changing the focal length of the lens to make the subject appear closer or farther away.


This movement requires moving the camera up or down without changing its horizontal or vertical axis. A camera operator can do two types of pedestal: "pedestal up" and "pedestal down".


The phrase dolly-in means step towards the subject with the camera. Dolly-out means to step backwards from the subject with the camera. One has to do this without zooming in or out with the camera


Trucking is similar to 'dolly' except it involves moving from left to right.

Handheld Shooting

Sometimes the action is moving too quickly or too unpredictably for the camera to be on a tripod. This calls for making the camera more mobile and able to follow the action of a scene.


A crane can be used to lower and raise the positions of the camera and maybe even the operator.

Importance of Distinct Camera Angles and Movements


It is important to have distinct camera angles to engage your audience. This will make your piece more eye-catching. This will make your piece for exciting.


Don't Wake Up in a Roadside Ditch (DirecTV)


This particular Directv commercial shows different angles showing the frustration of the customer who had cable. Different angles had different types of anger. In the end, they did a wide shot to show where the anger led him, which is a roadside ditch.