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Chapter 3. Shooting > Camera Shots

Camera Shots

In Hollywood, camera shots are generally described in terms of how large or small the subject is in the frame. When the subject fills the screen, it's a close-up. When the subject is far away, it's a wide shot. There are no hard rules about when a close-up gets far enough away to become a medium shot, and when a medium shot becomes a wide shot. It doesn't really matter what a shot is called—these terms are just a convenient way to describe the framing of images.

With professional (that is, really expensive) cameras, the way you change a shot is often by changing the lens. To get up close, you put on a lens with a higher magnification. To make everything seem farther away (and to see more stuff in the frame), you change to a wide-angle lens.


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