Let´s go to tell a story by pictures and amazing takes! How you can tell a story by a few pictures (in photography) and in takes (in video). This is more concentrated on taking pictures but just only cos for camera are working the same rules. Just only we will add the move (about moving camera we will speak later). But if you will just take a few seconds of every of this pictures with your video, then you can have a great video! It is a bit more difficult then ´ only ´ taking pictures cos we have to be careful about calming down move of our camera.
There are some similar rules for video and photography / and it is about a size of shots (medium shot, full shot, etc.) what I promised to write about last Saturday:
We can see a full scene of the – all people whose are there and how they looks like, body language and expression in they faces, but not in detail. Long shot is perfectly working to learn an environment of the scene and the basic atmosphere what is there.
We can see three people in action and have a guess their are connected for something. But we don´t know at this moment who of this three person will be our ´main character´ in our short photo reportage.
Close-Up / Detail
Close-Up – detail – we use when we want to concentrate on the face of people (or things) – is better to watch expression of people´s faces and also the director show us through this cut that we will pick up this person for our story or telling about sudden situation by this person. Or she is already concentrated on something what is important for our story.
Now we know that. Bingo! Is it this girl. She is concentrated (or sleeping?:-)) ) on something on the floor or somewhere like that. We can see very well her faces and expression. Now we are curious what she is doing!!!
Extreme Close-Up / Close-Up / Detail
The extreme detail / close – up shot – is great for concentrate on some important detail what does play in the story and move it to the next scene. The same like shot before /close up and detail, but should be more concentrated on detail or just only on one part of clapperboard… on some letters, words…
Clapperboard – there is the answer – she is concentrated on Clapperboard. So she is probably….
This is very often used and prioritised cos does bring to viewers the body language (gestures) and expression in faces of people (o.k. it is not exactly this case cos we cannot see expression of her. But still we can see that she is absolutely concentrated on what she is doing.
Of course – she is most probably the member of film crew – clapper. And her duty is count the takes and scenes and compare that with the draft an make the important sound thanks what clapboard helps with wright connecting sound and pictures and what help the sort out the takes and scenes and eliminate mess in filming and post-production.
Long Shot / Extreme Close-Up
There is used technique that we can decide to put emphasis on the foreground of the picture – so should be said we have got Extreme Close-up but cos we wanted to have also the background of the scene – so we got a Long shot as well. Not very sharp but we have aware that something ´behind the scene´ exist and we can very well guess what is it.
This picture tell a story or part of that that there is some filming and we can see …. with some information about film and in the longer distance of that we can see part of scene and one of the actors there.
And what about a different angle of camera…. How they change an atmosphere of your pictures and videos. More about that you can find in the next article the next Saturday! Our short series about photo and video – basic rules – will be continue…