indicates how to stage and show elements within the
angles may distort the body and face of the subject. Of
course, watch for objects that seem to be growing out of
or are balanced on a person's head.
person's head is usually in the top of the picture;
therefore, shots vary according to the lowest part of the
talent shown at the bottom of the screen. Thus the terms
used to describe various people shots are as follows: full
figure shot, knee shot, thigh shot, waist shot, bust shot,
head shot, tight head shot.
in the picture. When only one person is to be shot, it is
a one-shot. Obviously, a shot that shows two people is
a two-shot, three people make a three-shot, and so on;
however, when five or six people are pictured it is called
or more people is being framed.
distance or by using a zoom lens (which also changes
the field of view).
(LS), medium shots (MS), and closeup shots (CU)
(fig. 13-10). The type of shot being used can limit or
increase the amount of visual information presented to
medium shot is used primarily as a transition between a
long shot and closeup shot. Closeup shots create impact
and provide more detail and less visual information
pertaining to the subject's surroundings.
shots, closeup shots, and extreme closeup shots.
used to impress the viewer with the immense scope of
the setting or scene. An ELS is best usually when made
with a stationary camera. Camera panning for an ELS
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