Basic video camera movements
Without a doubt, zooming is the most used (and therefore, most overused) camera movement there is. It is often used as a clutch when the videographer is not sure what else to do to add interest to a shot. If you are going to use zoom, try to use it creatively. Zoom in or out from an unexpected, yet important, object or person in your shot. Use a quick zoom to add energy to a fast-paced piece. Don’t get stuck with your zoom as your default move!
Panning is when you move your camera horizontally; either left to right or right to left, while its base is fixated on a certain point. You are not moving the position of the camera itself, just the direction it faces. These types of shots are great for establishing a sense of location within your story.
Tilting is when you move the camera vertically, up to down or down to up, while its base is fixated to a certain point. Again, like panning, this move typically involves the use of a tripod where the camera is stationary but you move the angle it points to. These shots are popular when introducing a character, especially one of grandeur, in a movie.
DOLLY IN AND/OR OUT
A dolly is when you move the entire camera forwards and backwards, typically on some sort of track or motorized vehicle. This type of movement can create beautiful, flowing effects when done correctly. If you want to attempt a dolly, make sure your track is stable and will allow for fluid movement.
TRUCK OR TRACK
Trucking is the same as dollying, only you are moving the camera from left to right instead of in and out.
Again, it is best to do this using a fluid motion track that will eliminate any jerking or friction.
Rack focus is not as much of a camera move as it is a technique, but many amatuers overlook this essential skill. You adjust the lens to start an image blurry and then slowly make it crisper, or vice versa. It is an extremely effective way for you to change your audience’s focus from one subject to another.
Shoot all 22 camera shots (listed below) and label them...
see this video as an example!
(turn in at least 15 of the 22 examples)
BIG LIST of shots to make your video better!
1. Pan (left and right - camera on a tripod)
14. Point of View (the camera becomes your eyes)