What you learnt

Today I learnt that you can completely change the scene and the emotion by using a different shot using photography or film. I also learnt that changing angles, and composition completely changes the whole shot when you look at it, you can get a sense of the different vibes that come with that angle.

What we asked to do

We were asked to take photos using all the shots with a tripod, and the camera but in our group we all took them differently; so some of them are different.


Photos with description

Where the shot might be used  –

Conclusion –

My conclusion to this day what that I learnt more and more about angles and shots that I already knew about, and it helped my knowledge about what kind of shots that go with the characters emotions so I learnt that you can easily change a scene by doing different angles and shots to tell the audience about the characters.

Establishing shot – The establishing shot sets the scene

Long shot – A long shot is an accurate representation of what the object or the scene is.

Mid shot – A medium shot is a shot taken from a medium amount of distance, but you can still see half of their body.

Medium long shot – A medium long shot is a shot that includes medium and long types of shooting but this shot is when you can see their body, their face and some of their leg.

Medium shot – A medium shot is when you can only see their upper half, but the subjects are still in focus as well as the backgrounds.

Extreme close up – A extreme close up is a close up is used for the audience to know their intimate place, as well as getting tons of emphasis on their emotions.

High angle shot – A high angle shot is when the camera is looking down on the main character and this is to emphasise the subjects or characters either having weakness or strength or power.

Low angle shot – A low angle shot is used to make the audience know that the characters are weak or intimidating.

Dutch angle shot – A dutch angle shot is used to tell the audience that the character is in a state of confusion.

Task 2 –  Framing and Composition

The rules of thirds

Rules of thirds is used to help balance the shot, as well as helping the audience understand the shot. It also helps focus on the characters that are the most important in that scene and makes the audience know that they are the main focus. Rule of thirds is also used in interviews, and most scenes in films.

Still from Down By Law where the characters are centred in the rules of thirds, but also using symmetry at the same time. (Google Images – 20/09/16)



(Google Images – 20/09/16)

Leading lines

Leading lines is used to give a balance of the whole scene. Leading lines is also helpful if you want natural leading lines that lead to the main focus that you want for example, if you were to film a scene but you wanted the character to be the main subject where the leading lines are, the lines would lead to the main focus.


(Google Images – 20/09/16)


Symmetry is not used that often, but one director and filmmaker that is a must for every single one of his movies is Wes Anderson who even uses it in the furniture composition such as the hut in “Moonrise Kingdom” and he takes such good advantage of using symmetry for what it is, and using it to show the emotion and youthfulness in both of the protagonists when they ran away together.


(Google Images – 20/09/16)


Depth is when the main object or character is in focus, but some of the background is focused with the main object of focus. Depth is also very detailed, and aligned and helps the viewer understand what is the most important object in that scene.

(Google Images – 23/09/16)


Depth of field

Depth of field is almost the same as depth but a little different, Depth of field is when all the other components come in and it becomes depth of field. So the focus is on a certain character or characters and the main objects are in focus but they have a sharpness to them compared to the rest of the background.


(Google Images – 23/09/16)

Natural framing

Natural framing is when the scene where everything even the main objects are all natural framed. These frames are all made naturally, but work like all the other shots naturally.

(Google Images – 23/09/16)


Task 3 – Our own interpretation on composition

Rule of thirds –


Leading Lines –


Symmetry –


Depth –


Natural framing –