Basic Videography Tips

Watch on YouTube: Learn how to frame shots

Here is a secret about shooting great video: How you frame your shot will make a huge difference in the quality of your video which is why I wanted to share some basic videography tips.

There are three basic shots that you should work to master:

1. The Long Shot or Wide Shot which establishes location
2. The Medium Shot, in which the subject becomes more dominant and
3. The Close Up, in which the subject fills the frame (used to show a very specific object or action)

These aren’t the only shots that are used in film and video, but it’s important to get the basics down first. If you’re able to shoot all of these basic shots well, your video will have a look that most home video lacks.

In this recipe I share basic videography tips using the rule of thirds and sequenced shots. In this example I use the downtown skyline as an example.


Long Shot of Downtown Atlanta

Basic Videography Tips

For this exercise, you should:

1. Shoot a variety of long, medium and close ups
2. Use a tripod
3. Use the pan and tilt locks to frame the shot
4. Lock the tripod
5. Shoot 10-15 seconds of each shot
6. In editing, edit the sequence together.

Here is a great example of a video that I produced  a while ago that uses sequences. It’s a video of my sister-in-law making jewelry. Please take a look, and start practicing these basic videography tips in your next shoot. (BTW Kimberly took all of our official headshots.  She’s now a photographer and she’s quite good at it).

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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  1. I like the new look on your website. These Tips are great. I am always looking for insight on how to shoot better thanks Web Video Chefs. The use of sequences tip really helps.


    • Amani Channel says:

      Thanks so much Doug! We just relaunched the site. Still making some tweaks, but we’re really happy with it. Glad the tips are useful. Let us know if anythings been giving you headaches. ~ac

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