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Top 5 Camera Moves

Updated: Jan 22

There are many camera moves to chose from but these Top 5 Camera moves should definitely get you started.

  1. Pan: This move involves rotating the camera horizontally from a fixed position. It's like turning your head from side to side. Panning is used to follow a moving subject or to reveal a landscape horizontally.

Top 5 Camera Moves

2. Tilt: Similar to panning but vertical, tilting involves moving the camera up or down from a fixed position. It's akin to nodding your head up and down. This move can be used to reveal vertical elements in a scene, like the height of a building or a tree.

3. Dolly/Tracking Shot: This involves moving the entire camera forwards, backwards, or alongside the subject, often on rails or a dolly. It's great for creating a sense of depth and following action, such as a character walking.

4. Zoom: Unlike dolly shots, zooming doesn’t involve moving the camera itself but rather adjusting the lens to get closer to or further from the subject. It can be used to focus on specific details or to transition between scenes.

5. Crane/Jib Shot: This move involves moving the camera up and down using a crane or jib. It offers a bird’s-eye view or a worm’s-eye view of the scene and is often used for grand, sweeping shots to establish a setting.

Each of these moves requires practice and a steady hand or proper equipment (like a tripod, dolly, or stabilizer) to execute smoothly. They can be powerful tools in a filmmaker's arsenal to enhance storytelling and provide dynamic perspectives in a film or video.

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