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Low camera angles are a creative way to captivate your audience with shots of scenes that may otherwise be uninteresting.

Low camera angles can also be used to help create emotion in your story. Using them effectively however, can be challenging.

While there are many ways you can use low camera angles, we hope that the following 5 tips will help you to not only start thinking creatively, but also instill a sense of confidence that you, too, can start shooting low angles and use them in your editing process.

5 Tips for Creative Low Angle Shots

1. Emotional Content

By using a low angle shot, you can create an emotional experience within your audience. For example, if you want your viewers to feel small and powerless over the dominant subject on screen, keep the camera low and point it upward. To highlight this powerful effect, have the subject take up the majority of the frame. 

2. Animal or Object Perspective

You can make everyday objects more interesting by using low angle shots. By doing this, you give them perspective in your videos. 

3. Focus on the Ground

By focusing on the ground, you give your audience a completely different perspective. For instance, if you take a low angle shot of a dropped, shattering plate, you can instill an element of suspense. Another example is a victim hiding under the bed from an intruder. By focusing the shot toward the victim from behind the intruder’s shoes, tension begins to build within your audience. 

4. Depth of Field

By placing an object closer to the camera than the focal point, you can create depth of field. Capturing a low angle shot with this technique by getting low to a surface, such as a counter, draws attention to what’s in focus while also providing a great allusion for your audience.

5. Capture the Unpleasant 

Not everything you capture needs to be amiable. There are a lot of unpleasant things on the ground. By capturing them as they fit in your story, you can induce a powerful reaction within your audience.

Low angle shots are important. Sometimes they can prove to be much more essential during your editing process than tripod or level shots.

In business, it can be one of the best techniques to spice up your promotional video. Whether shooting a fun movie or advertising video, your project cannot take on the visual impact of the creative process without low angle shots. Don’t be afraid to get out there and try some low angle shots or, better yet, hire us for all of your video production needs. We can help you reach a wider audience and achieve your goals!

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