The term camera angle or video angle always refers to the way a shot is composed. Camera shots are used to demonstrate different aspect of a film’s setting, characters and themes. Reason why they very important in shaping meaning in a video.
Knowing camera angles and some other basic principles can make a big difference and will help you to produce better quality videos. Rather than filming in one continuous take, divide the scene into separate shots.
To create an interesting video you need to include a variety of different types of shots.
Shots are commonly divided up into the following categories:
An extreme long shot or establishing shot is often used at the beginning of a scene or a film to establish general location (setting).
A long shot gives the viewer a more specific idea of setting. A long shot may show the building where the action will take place, for example.
A full shot shows the characters costumes and might also help to demonstrate the relationships between characters.
A mid shot or social shot contains the characters or a character from the waist up. From this shot, viewers can see the character’s faces more clearly as well as their interactions.
A close-up or personal shot contains just one character’s face. This shot enables viewers to understand the actor’s emotions.
An extreme close-up contains one part of a character’s face or other object. This shot creates an intense mood and provides interaction between the audience and the viewer.