The coolest camera moves are where the camera itself moves though space. You can use camera movements to make it more interesting. These tracking, arc or crane shots look better than simple pans or tilts (where the camera stays in one place and turns left or right, up or down). Here is a list of different types of camera movement that you might encounter in narratives.


A movement which scans a scene horizontally. The camera is placed on a tripod, which operates as a stationary axis point as the camera is turned, often to follow a moving object which is kept in the middle of the frame.


Without a doubt, zooming is the most used (and therefore, most overused) camera movement there is. It is often used as a clutch when the cinematographer is not sure what else to do to add interest to a shot. If you are going to use zoom, try to use it creatively. Zoom in or out from an unexpected, yet important, object or person in your shot. Use a quick zoom to add energy to a fast-paced piece. Don

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