How to Describe Framing in Photography

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There are many different ways to describe framing in photography that are based heavily on your own preferences. Describe framing in photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Oh! Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Now today, I'd like to talk to you about how to describe framing in photography. Now, there are many different ways and everybody tends to kind to have their own lingo, but this is what I do. If you're taking a picture of a vast landscape and it's wide open and you're getting all the information on the scene that you possibly need, I tend to call that a wide shot or a long shot. You're capturing all the information that there is to capture. Now, if you're working with a subject, say you cut them off at the waist and the, and the frame is just from their waist up to their head. I tend to call that a medium shot. Now, of course, this right here, this is going to be the close up. This is, this is just a nice portrait close up. Now, halfway between that, you drop it down between a medium and a close up, guess what that is, a medium close up. Now, say you want to go and you capture just somebody's eyes, just real close into somebody's eye. That we tend to call an extreme close up. Now, that is how to describe framing in photography. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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