Visual Literacy
How do I make meaning


Camera Angles

There are four main types of camera angles used to suggest a relationship between the viewer and the subject of the image. As with camera shots, there can be degrees of variation on these angles.

Angle

Description

Purpose

Example

High

The camera is placed above and looks down on the subject or object.

It is used to make the character look small and also indicate that the character is weak or inferior.

Eye

An eye angle places the audience on eye-level with the character.

It is used to indicate that the character is on equal footing with the audience. It suggests reality.

Low

The camera is placed looking up on the subject or object.

It is used to make the character look big and indicates that the character is powerful and dominant.

Overhead/
Bird's eye
The camera is placed overhead or directly above the object or scene. Characters and objects are made to look small and vulnerable. A character or object could be followed at a different speed or pace.