Working as freelance photographer and starting your very own photography job is perfect for someone who has a heart to capture moments through photos. If you think you have what it takes to start your freelance photography career, then, you have to make it a point that you know the basics of picture taking by heart. One among the basic rules in photography is to know the different types of shots and their purposes and these are what you are about to learn on this article.
1. The Extreme Wide Shot – This shot is used to emphasize the whole view which you would want to capture on your photo. Extreme Wide shots are characterized by having extremely far distance between the subject and the photographer.
2. The Very Wide Shot – It is type of shot which is a bit closer than the Extreme Wide Shot. Such type of shot is used to show multiple subjects into your photo.
3. The Wide Shot – This option is also known as the Whole Body Shot simply because the photographer should make it a point that his subject should fill the whole frame of the camera. This means that the top portion of your subject should almost reach the top edge of the photo and the lower portion of your subject should also be the same as your subject’s top portion.
4. The Mid Shot – Also known as “The Half Body Shot”, this is distinguished by emphasizing the upper half portion of your subject. In this connection, the photographer should make sure that the distance between the subject and him is well calculated as this shot is purposely intended to estimate the exact appearance of the subject outside the camera.
5. The Close Up Shot – The close up shot is used to highlight the important factors of your subject. For a human subject, close up shot obviously means capturing just the face of the person. Added to its purpose, close up shots amplify emotions which may vividly affect the viewer and then later share the same feelings with the subject.
6. The Medium Close Up Shot – Is a type of shot in between a Mid Shot and a Close up Shot. This kind of shot is used for portrait photos that are intended to be cut into different sizes.
7. The Choker Shot – It is a specialized type of close up shot which focuses on the subject’s face from just above the eyebrows to just below the mouth. If you are a budding photographer, you have to remember that the use of this shot requires extra care as others may find it awkward to view photos which merely focus on your subject’s upper left and upper right quadrant or lower left and lower right quadrant. Despite the sensitivity of using this kind of shot, photos that are taken with the use of this shot will make a good banner photo for you and your client.
8. The Two Shots – This shot doesn’t mean that you have to take two shots at the same time but it simply means that you have to emphasize two subjects on your photo. This type of shot is done to illustrate the existing relationship between your subject 1 and your subject 2. One example of a photo that may be taken with the use of this shot is the common “buddy shot” where two people take a photo of themselves or they try to ask the help of a photographer.
With the help of these 8 different types of Camera Shots in your mind, you are now able to start taking worthwhile photos while earning money either as a company or freelance photographer.
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[Two photographers taking each others’ picture with hand-held cameras while perched on a roof] [between 1909 and 1932]
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