The 9 Most Common Types of Video Shots

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When you start creating travel videos, likely you point, shoot, and hope for the best. You might get lucky with a cool shot or two, but it’s hard to make a great travel video without the knowledge and strategy of how your story can be told visually. This is especially tough for some of us travel bloggers who are so used to telling our stories in writing!

Did you know that in most cases, videographers use the same types of common shots over and over? In fact, once you find the shots you most enjoy shooting, you can develop a formula to help get the perfect shots – and thus a great video – each and every time! Here are the most common shot types you can use in your next video.


The 9 Common Types of Shots

Ultra Wide – The ultra-wide shot is great for providing your audience with a sense of context. Think landscape shots, or drone aerial shots.

Wide – As the name suggests, wide shots are not specifically focused on your subject. You can use techniques like pan and zoom to help establish the setting of your video.

Point-of-View (POV) – The most common POV shots you see in travel videos nowadays are from GoPro cameras – these show your travel experience directly from your perspective.

Close-Up – Though they sound like you need to zoom way in on your subject, a standard close-up just means your subjects is well-framed in the view.

Cut-In – A cut-in shot takes your audience right into the experience (the same way your eyes focus to a specific part of the scene). Try to get as close to your subject as you can. This shot style should be used sparingly to keep your audience’s interest.

At An Angle – Shooting at an angle would mean approaching your subject from the side or behind, rather than straight on. These shots are also used to create interest and vary the audience’s perspective of your subject.

Tilted – Another type of shot to be used sparingly. Sometimes, tilting the camera can create great diversity in your shots and re-hook your viewer.

Over the Shoulder – You will probably recognize over the shoulder shots from dialogue scenes on TV; it means putting ‘the shoulder’ of one subject in between the camera and another subject.

B-Roll – Not strictly a type of shot, you should always be thinking about B-roll as you shoot your primary shots. B-roll is the footage that fills in between shots of your subject; it must hold the viewer and maintain the mood of your video. Initially, you might find you shoot a lot of B-roll while you learn to perfect these other shot types.

Need a little practice? Try grabbing a piece of fruit and setting it on a table. Shoot one shot of each type mentioned, so you can compare how the different types look. If you put together a video, we’d love to see it – leave us a link in the comments!

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Recent Comments

  • Nice video on this. One thing some do is the blur effect and then bring the subject to focus. See a few but it depends on the subject matter at hand

    • That’s a great additional style of shot! Thanks for sharing!