Basic Camera Shots


Terms in this set (...)

Extreme Wide Shot
The view is so far from the subject that he isn't even visible. Often used as an establishing shot - the first shot of a new scene, designed to show the audience where the action is taking place.
Full Shot (FS)
The entire subject takes up the full frame as much as possible.
Mid Shot
Shows part of the subject in more detail while still giving an impression of the whole subject.
Medium Close Up
Used primarily for human subjects. This shot shows the face more clearly, without getting uncomfortably close.
Close Up
A certain feature or part of the subject takes up the whole frame.
Extreme Close Up
Gets right in and shows extreme detail.
Cut In
Shows some (other) part of the subject in detail.
A shot of something other than the subject or current action.
Two Shot
A shot of two people, framed similarly to a mid shot.
Over the Shoulder
Looking from behind a person at the subject.
Point of View
Shows a view from the subject's perspective.

Flickr Creative Commons Images

Some images used in this set are licensed under the Creative Commons through
Click to see the original works with their full license.