What is a “Static Shot?”
A static shot is a shot where the camera is still, and moving things happen within the frame. For example, if you set up your monopod or tripod, and then take a shot without moving the camera at al.
Why are static shots better?
The camera lens and field view is not as stabilized as our eyes. Therefore, if your hand moves, shots become shaky, unstable, and hard to watch!
In professional movies, every camera movement is predetermined and the camera crew uses advanced equipment such as professional tripods or steady-cams to stabilize the shots. By taking static shots, you will have a better result. It also makes the editing a lot easier! Consider static shots like photos with movement. The length of the shot depends on the context. Several shorter shots from different angles usually look better, however, do not take shots shorter than 3-4 seconds. You can edit your shots later and cut the time in editing, so, try to be safe and not cut the shot time significantly while recording.
When should I use a static shot?
Although you will determine the timing of your shots through experience with shooting and editing, here are some examples to get you started:
- Shots with no movement in the frame
Choose your frame and shoot for a few seconds, then pause and choose a different frame and shoot.
When you take shots of people speaking, continue recording until they take a pause. During this time, you can change your angle and continue. Avoid long talks unless they are important.
For a music performance or concert, record non-stop for as long of a duration needed later for sound editing. This is really not considered a static shot discussion, since you should move the camcorder and change the angle without pausing. Please refer to the Music Performance section for further details.