Keep Your Audience Engaged: 4 Camera Shots For Your Church Live Stream

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January 21, 2021

Now that your church’s live stream is up and running, you need to make sure that your message is received as well as it would be if your congregants could gather in your worship space. How do you do that? One way is by varying your shots to add some variety and dynamism to your videos.

Whether you are shooting with two cameras (the minimum that we recommend at LiveControl) or six, the possibilities in regards to selecting your shots during your house of worship’s live stream are endless.

Our team put together a list of four different types of camera shots and what their general effect is to help inform your video production during your next live stream. 

1. Wide Shot

A very long shot that usually shows the audience the whole stage or venue. You can use it in the beginning of your live stream to place your congregants in their worship space. Don’t stay on this shot for too long; keeping your congregants at a distance from the stage doesn’t show them any details or establish a connection with pastors, priests, or speakers during your service.

2. Full Shot

A full shot captures a person or subject from head to toe, showing their full body, and makes it clear where your congregants are supposed to focus. You can use this to focus on a pastor that is speaking and moving around the stage, following their entire body during the service.

3. Medium Shot

Similar to the full shot, the medium shot focuses on a person, usually zooming in to their upper body and head from the waist up. This can be used to establish a stronger connection between your congregants and a speaker during your service.

4. Close Up

A close-up shot zooms in even further, usually with the subject’s face filling up the entire frame. This makes for an even closer and more intimate connection between the audience and the subject. This might be an effective shot to use during worship to focus on the pastor of your church, or to focus on congregants that are in the worship space.

You might notice that as you zoom closer and closer in towards a speaker during your service, the more intimate and compelling the shots become. Viewers are able to see more details and form a stronger connection with your focus as you move closer in, while wider shots give your viewers a short break in between moments of worship.

This might sound like a lot to think about, but with our team of experienced videographers, you don’t have to worry about any of it. We make sure to keep your congregants engaged, remotely operating our PTZ cameras in your worship space for your whole service so that you can focus on what you do best.

Interested in learning more about our remote videography? You can schedule a free demo with our team here.

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