Editorial photo basics – Shot types • In this post we’ll see which main shot types you can use when you’re going to create a feature.
Establishing Shot (Extreme Wide Shot)
This shot aims to give an overview of the event and contextualize where it takes place. For example, location, city, time of the day.
You have to capture both the environment and people, getting closer and highlighting the main subjects, their activities and, in case, the relevant objects they are using.
Take pictures of people from their head to their knees: capture both more details of their body language and more elements of the faces in a single shot.
Medium Close-up Shot
It shows people from their head to top of their chest: it still includes some parts of the body, but the emphasis shifts to the face.
The photo underlines the details of the face, so that the spectators can see the emotions and the reactions of the subjects, understand their mood and feel empathy with them.
Extreme Close-up Shot
This is the perfect shot when you want to focus on particulars of the face and show emotions or relevant details for the story.
Don’t forget to capture details and unusual situations. They help you make a feature more thorough and meaningful.