Camera Shots

Camera Shots helps us to focus the audiences eye on our subject. These shots weave together to tell the story the director wants to share. Some shots are best for filming action, others focus on conversation, a few help communicate emotion and even more help set the scene. Understanding how to use the right camera shot for the right situation is critical to leading your audience where you want them be. Camera shots generally fall into three categories with a few exceptions: Long shots, medium shots, and close-ups. With each of these types of shots you can blend in other camera angles, lighting, and movement to create something very unique.

Here are the most common shots with some image and video to help you better understand.

Long Shots (Also known as Wide Shots):

Long Shot (LS)

Very Long Shot (VLS)

Extreme Long Shot a.k.a. the Establishing Shot (ELS)

Medium Shots

Medium Shot (MS)

Medium Long Shot (MLS)

Two Shot (TS)

Over the Shoulder shot or Dirty Single (OSS)


Close-Up (CU)

Extreme Close-Up (ECU)

Noddy Shot (NS)

Other Shots

Insert Shots (IS)


Cut-Away or B-Roll

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