Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Beginner's Basics for Beginners...

     Hello, dear followers, friends, and guests. This is Amy, and let's get down to business. This week we had our second photo/video class. We learned about the different types of shots you can get: Extreme Close-up (ECU), Close-up (CU), Medium Shot (MS), Long Shot (LS), and Extreme Long Shot (ELS). Any ways, to cut a long story short, because our instruction manual is extremely old and also has a few errors in it, we are going to start our own instruction book with our own photos. Our homework for the next two weeks is to take one to three pictures of each type of shots, and email them. The best photos will be added to our new instruction manual. Here are a few examples that were taken.

This is an ECU, an extreme close-up. If you want to shoot one of these
(as in with a camera, or course) try to frame it from the chin to the
forehead. This picture is a little zoomed out for an ECU,
so you can zoom in even farther. This type of shot is used to give attention
to detail, and show important parts of the picture, like the eyes.

Close-ups are shot from above the shoulders, to
 the top of the head. As you can see, close-ups show details that other shots
would have missed. For example, if you were watching a movie about two identical twins that you could only tell apart by the scar on the first twin's face, you
would probably use a CU or ECU to avoid confusion.

This is a medium shot. Medium shots are framed just below the
shoulders to just above the head.


This would be a long shot. A long shot shows the whole scene, or, in
this case, the whole body. Long shots are excellent at establishing and are
usually used to set the stage to the story or picture that you are

Can you guess this one? If you guessed extreme long shot, than
you are correct. An ELS is used exactly like a long shot, only
it's much, much longer. And, no I did not get this picture off the Internet,
and yes, we took it. And,yes, it is beautiful.

You are welcome to take the short quiz below. See if you can get it right without looking above for the answers.

What kind of shot is this, what is it used to do, and
what is its abbreviation?

You may leave your answers as comments if you wish. 

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Posted By: Amy


  1. Hi, Amy! I'm guessing that it is a long shot (LS), used to show the entire body or scenery? :)

  2. Yes, it is a long shot (ls). You are close on what it is used to do. It's actually a shot that establishes the story, or setting. It's a good beginning shot. Amy