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DSLR Video: Camera Angles

The Secret Ingredient to Movie Making
Many people with DSLRs feel that if they just knew a bit more about cinematography that they could do better videos but either have a rough time reading cinematography books or don’t have the time to attend professional classes.

This course is a crash course in one of the most important aspects of cinematography: camera angles and is designed to get you feeling more confident about capturing dynamic moving images that help elevate your projects whether they are home movies, corporate videos or feature length films.

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 7 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner

Tags: Specialties Workflow

Required Software: None

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

What are three types of camera angles?

The three factors that determine camera angles

The five essential shot types

The descriptive shot types

Choosing subject angle

Finding the right camera height for your shot

Learning to use camera angles

A lot of footage to work with!


2m 52s

Lesson 1: Course Intro

Lets go over a few basics of cinemetography, and quickly run through what sets good shots apart from amateur ones as well as what we are going to learn.

3m 8s

Lesson 2: Suggested Reference Materials

A few quick tips for getting great results and becoming professional in filming and cinematography

7m 4s

Lesson 3: The 3 Types of Camera Angles

What is the objective camera angle? What is the subjective camera angle? What is the Point of View angle? When are these types of angles used?

3m 5s

Lesson 4: A Quick Comment on Lenses

Basics of lenses and what the terms mean and why you need to know them.

5m 4s

Lesson 5: The Three Factors That Determine Camera Angle

What is subject size and how do you control it? What is subject angle and why is it so important? How does camera height influence audience reaction? How do these three factors determine camera angle?

12m 30s

Lesson 6: The Five Basic Shot Types

Learn the five essential shot types. See how changing subject size influences shot type. Get familiar with when each of these shot types is appropriate to use

17m 5s

Lesson 7: What are the Descriptive Shot Types

Learn almost 20 professional shot classifications and how they are referred to. See how motion can be utilized to create more complex shot compositions

1m 58s

Lesson 8: The Importance of Subject Angle

Learn how to choose the best angle for a human subject. Find out the best angles for shooting scenes with architectural elements. The importance of finding the best angle to increase depth and enhance the three dimensional aspect of any scene you shoot.

7m 25s

Lesson 9: Camera Height

Learn what level angle, low angle and high angle are. Choosing the best height for your subject. Learn when you should use high angle or low angle shots.

7m 36s

Lesson 10: Learning to Use Camera Angles

4 factors to consider when selecting camera angles. Some simple practice exercises to learn how to use camera angles effectively in your own work

Source Files

Contains 20 Full HD stock shots for use in your videos or to practice with

iPad Videos

Contains all lessons as iPad compatible videos

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