Camera Shot Types

Extreme Close-up


Chin remain completely in the frame so that is does not get cut off when the actor opens his mouth.

Used for dramatic effect.

Sometimes a tighter close-up is just the eyes or just the mouth .



Head shot that includes the shoulders.

Often used when a character is first introduced to a seen, this alows the viewer to get a good look at the character.

Medium Close-Up


The character's entire head and shoulders are in the frame.
This shot cuts off at the chest .

Medium Shot


Cuts off at the waistline, with the subject's upper body completely in the frame.

Medium Long Shot


Halfway between the medium shot and the long shot.
It cuts off at the cubjects knees.

Long Shot


Head to toe with the entire body being in the frame.