Tilt (camera)

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Tilting is a cinematographic technique in which the camera stays in a fixed position but rotates up/down in a vertical plane. [1] Tilting the camera results in a motion similar to someone raising or lowering their head to look up or down. It is distinguished from panning in which the camera is horizontally pivoted left or right. Pan and tilt can be used simultaneously. [2] In some situations the lens itself may be tilted with respect to the fixed camera body in order to generate greater depth of focus. [3] [4]

The camera's tilt will change the position of the horizon, changing the amount of sky or ground that is seen. [5] A tilt downward is usually required for a high-angle shot and bird's-eye view while a tilt upward is for a low-angle shot and worm's-eye view. The vertical offset between subjects can reflect differences in power, with superiority being above.

Tilting can be used as a reveal as in tilting up from seeing the murder victim, to the weapon, to the identity of the killer. [6] It can also be an establishing shot, tilting down from a tall landmark to the characters [7] or as in the Star Wars: A New Hope opening, tilting down from the stars, to the arc of the planet. [8]

A tilting Point-of-view shot expresses either attention or head motion. Attention might convey a potential love interest with "elevator eyes" or concern with sizing up an opponent. [7] Head motion could show a nodding "yes". Combining tilt with camera position could show a face planting or tipping over backwards.

Minor tilting is used for reframing to maintain headroom. [9]

Extreme tilting would follow the subject past the zenith or nadir to a full 180 degrees, starting or ending with an inverted view of the world.

The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, is a head tilt to one side, is a type of camera shot where the camera is set at an angle on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tracking shot</span>

In cinematography, a tracking shot is any shot where the camera follows backward, forward or moves alongside the subject being recorded. Often the camera is mounted on a camera dolly which rides on rails similar to a railroad track; in this case, the shot is referred to as a dolly shot. A handheld steadycam or gimbal may also be used for smaller scale productions. The camera is then pushed along the track while the scene is being filmed, or moved manually when using a handheld rig. The effect can be used to create a sense of movement, to follow a character or object, or a sense of immersion to draw the viewer into the action.

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In photography, shutter speed or exposure time is the length of time that the film or digital sensor inside the camera is exposed to light when taking a photograph. The amount of light that reaches the film or image sensor is proportional to the exposure time. 1500 of a second will let half as much light in as 1250.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dutch angle</span> Type of camera shot

The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle, is a type of camera shot which involves setting the camera at an angle on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. This produces a viewpoint akin to tilting one's head to the side. In cinematography, the Dutch angle is one of many cinematic techniques often used to portray psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed. The Dutch tilt is strongly associated with the German movie scene during the expressionist movement, which used the Dutch angle extensively.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Panning (camera)</span> Swivelling a camera horizontally from a fixed position

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pan–tilt–zoom camera</span> Type of video camera

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