Try these unique shots to add spice to your next video shoot
If you’re a budding filmmaker or a seasoned videographer, you know the value of creative shots in adding that extra spark to your videos.
In this video, music video creators YCImaging share a treasure trove of innovative techniques. From unique camera angles to post-production magic, these ideas will elevate your next video project to a whole new level.
1. The Snor Cam Shot: A Unique Perspective
The Snor Cam Shot is a game-changer that captures a distinctive perspective. Mount your camera to your tripod’s extended legs, bracing them against your talent’s midsection. Alternatively, have your talent hold the camera while you operate it from behind. This technique offers a fresh outlook on the scene, showcasing emotions like loneliness, disorientation, and freedom amidst the chaos.
2. Shutter Drag for Seamless Transitions
Eliminate harsh cuts in your video with the Shutter Drag technique. Lower your shutter speed to create micro spurts of footage. A shutter speed of lower than 1/50 at 24 frames per second will work. The slower the shutter speed, the greater the drag. Adjust the speed, add flash transitions, or experiment with blending modes like screen in post-production. These smooth transitions add flair to your video project.
3. Slow Motion Performance: A Deliberate Effect
Capture a mesmerizing Slow Motion Performance that synchronizes the artist’s movements with the song’s tempo. Speed up the song, have the artist perform at that pace in a higher frame rate, and then conform the footage to 24 frames per second in post-production. This complex yet impactful effect delivers your video a slower, more deliberate vibe. It sounds complicated, but it’s fairly simple to do. Just make sure your talent can sing at double speed!
4. High Angle Shots: A New Perspective
High-angle shots offer an uncommon perspective that breaks away from conventional angles. Elevate your tripod or use a c-stand with a grip arm and ball head for adjustable angles. When combined with digital zooms and post-production adjustments, these shots create a unique, security camera-like viewpoint.
5. Car Mount Shots: Dynamic Movement
Capture the dynamic movement of a car mount shot. Attach your camera to a car mount setup, allowing you to shoot through the windshield, driver’s window, passenger’s window, or even the sunroof. This adds a sense of motion and engagement to your music video, and budget-friendly options are available for this technique.
6. Frame Split: Post-Production Creativity
Frame splitting allows you to play with different frame sizes within the same shot. While shooting, you don’t need to make any adjustments; you can achieve this effect entirely in post-production. Crop and resize your footage to fit various frame sizes, adding an extra layer of visual interest to your scenes.
These creative shots and techniques can help any video project become more interesting. Each technique adds depth, emotion, and interest to your videos, from capturing unique perspectives to mastering post-production effects. Experiment, learn, and adapt these techniques to fit your own creative vision.
Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe