What do WS, MS, and CU stand for?
From how many positions should you shoot to get sufficient coverage of an event?
Which shots should you, at the least, record from each shooting position?
Which kind of shot generally needs to be longer than the others and why?
About how long should your shot types be?
List three examples of shot pairs that make editing a snap and give your projects a sophisticated look.
WS stands for wide shot, MS for medium shot, and CU for close-up.
Shoot from at least two positionspossibly three or four. Any more than that will likely produce too much coverage, the majority of it not useful.
Record a wide shot and a medium shot from your position. If you have time, shoot a close-up too. Remember, the medium shot is your primary shot.
Wide shots usually need to be longer because there's more detail in the picture. It takes the audience a bit more time to "read" all the information wide shots contain.
Record your wide shots for around 15 seconds each. Medium shots and close-ups can be closer to 10 seconds.
Complementary shot pairs include a shot/reverse shot, a shot/cutaway shot, a shot/establishing shot.