Week 2: Shot Types – Framing & Composition – Unit 1

Introduction:

In this task I’ll be taking some photos to show the different shot types and rules of composition that we learnt about in class.

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This is a long shot (LS), as it encapsulates the entirety of the subject’s body from feet to head.

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This is a medium long shot (MLS), it is from the subjects knees up to the top of the head.

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This is a mid shot (MS), it shows from the waist of the subject up to the top of the head.

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This is a Medium Close Up (MCU), it goes from the subjects upper chest/armpits to the top of the head.

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This is a Close Up (CU), it is just the face and is usually used in movies to show the emotion on the face and sometimes dialogue when there is an important moment.

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This is an Extreme Close Up (ECU), it usually only shows one facial feature, normally the eyes.

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This shows a Rule of Composition, Rule of Thirds. The subject is placed on the border between two-thirds, it gives a more pleasing to the eye shot and is used in nearly all films today.

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This photo shows a Rule of Composition, looking into space. It is usually used in a scene when dialogue is occurring and so it gives the effect that the subject is talking to someone who is not in the shot.

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This photo shows a Rule of Composition, Depth of Field, the background is out of focus, but the subject is in focus so it grabs our attention and we pay attention more.

Evaluation:

It was good to physically take photos instead of just learning about the shot types in class, as it helped to reinforce what we had learned. I did know most of the shot types already, but wasn’t too sure on their positioning so this really helped me for future projects so I can get them right.

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Week 2: Shot Types – Framing & Composition – Unit 1

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