A camera angle specifically means the angle between the camera and what the main subject being filmed. Different angles convey different feelings to the watcher and can add – or subtract – from your video.
1. High Angle – The camera is high above the action. This often happens when we film children because it’s natural to film from above them looking down. It’s used in movies to give an overview or the feeling of being outside the action.
2. Eye Level – When we are holding a camera and filming from our face to our friend’s face it is usually at eye level. It’s good for being neutral or building trust because it portrays things like they usually are. Keeping the camera at eye level or slightly above is the most comfortable angle for video blogs.
3. Low Angle – The camera is below the main subject, and gives power to the person in the video. When doing a vlog it can make your watchers feel like you are looking down your nose at them.
4. Bird’s Eye - This angle is created when the camera is directly above the main subject. We often use this for animals. It’s a good angle to use for a product review or how-to project to show exactly what is going on.
5. Slanted, Oblique, or Dutch Tilt - For this angle the camera is tilted. The horizon is no longer straight across. This dramatic angle can portray confusion or chaos.
Next time you are making a video give a thought or two to what angle you are using. What type of still picture do you like? Think about what feeling it evokes and what angle the photographer used. You can do even more with a video camera because you can start at one angle and move – steadily – to a different angle. If time and subject permit you might want to try a couple different angles and see which one you like better later.
Here’s a fun video from intelfilmfestival about camera angles: