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Camera Shots and Moves

Camera shots and moves by CG Training Consult, Spintex, Ghana

What is a camera shot?

A camera shot is composed of the series of frames that are shot uninterrupted from the moment the camera starts rolling untill it stops especially in film making or taking videos.

This is because by combining different types of shots, angles and camera movements you will be able to emphasize specific emotions, ideas and movement for each scene while making a video.

Camera Moves

One of the basics you need to learn when it comes to photography or videography is camera moves and their names.


Panning is when the camera is movedfrom left to right or vice versa on a central axis. This is a rotating movement in which the camera’s position remains in place, but the direction that it faces changes.


Tilting is similar to panning in that the camera is kept in a stationary position, but unlike panning (which looks from side to side) tilting focuses on upwards & downwards movements. A slow upwards tilt can be very effective in making a subject appear bigger or more significant while a downwards tilt has the opposite effect.


A dolly shot is when the entire camera is mounted on a tripod and is moved towards or away from a subject. Unlike a zoom shot, the world around the subject moves with the camera. A dolly gives the illusion that the viewer is walking towards the subject and can be a great way of creating a sense of intimacy between them.

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