The Best Camera Angles For an Interview/ Byte

On Jun 01

If you want to educate the audience about any unerring topic, then the finest way is to interview someone who has voluminous knowledge about that subject. It doesn’t only save you time, but also help you convey the right information to people.

You need to steer on a few things whenever you go down line to interview someone. Please understand that the way you frame your camera shot can make or break your interview. If your camera shot is atrocious, off-base or blurred, then no matter how meaningful your subject is, the audience will not keep their eyes peeled to it. Even if you have covered the most-discerning subject, they will first pay heed to background, picture quality and the angle that you have used for the shot and then the subject. You must stay in line as much to the distance of your subject and the camera, as the closeness because they both play a nitty-gritty role during the interview.

Here are a few tips that you should follow to get the best angles of camera and nail down a superb corporate video-

  • The angle between the subject, interviewer and the camera: Double-check that the subject doesn’t look directly into the camera during video production unless it is a telemarketing show or news broadcast. The perfect way is to keep a sufficing distance between the camera and both of you i.e. subject and interviewer. Put your chair in the right or left side of the camera. Take the interview in such a way that it looks more of an interaction between you and the subject, rather than a telemarketing show. 
  • No dead space: If you want to make your camera shot impeccable, then make sure that there is no dead space behind the subject. The quintessential way to do is to use the rule of ‘thirds.’ Suppose if your subject is looking to the left of the camera, then place him to the left third of the camera frame to make sure that there is no dead space. If the subject is looking to the right side of the camera, then place him to the left third of the frame. It will not only rip out any dead space, but also make the shot flawless. 


  • Background of the shot: The background of the subject should be according to the theme of the interview. Don’t just put your subject in front of a lifeless white wall, neither do ask him to stand at a place where a lot of things are happening in the background. In the first condition, viewers will not find the interview intriguing while they will zoom in more on the background of the subject than the subject himself in the second condition.
  • Gather attention on subject’s head-room to waist: Headroom is but the minimal space between subject’s head and top of the camera frame. Make sure that the focal point of the camera is from head room of the subject to his waist. It will be far enough for the audience to notice subject’s facial expressions, but not too far to afield.
  • How To take a close up shot: The ideal way to take a close up shot is to use a secondary camera  and then focus completely on subject’s head tip to neckline. There is no need to take notice of head room, but follow the second point and don’t leave any dead space.

If you are a video production company or an individual then you can follow these tips to nail down a perfect interview without missing any angle.