As above shown, a tracking shot is made when you move the whole camera physically.
• When the camera moves towards the subject, we call it track in.
A tracking shot can be very complicated. You can move your camera in any way you want. You will use dolly, elevator, steadicam, helicopter…
Tracking shot is the most interesting experience you can get from moving pictures. And no other media can provide this feeling. It not only simulates the natural movement we make in real life, better yet, it expands our ability to observe the world.
Imagine this shot, we start at seeing a city from top, in the air, then camera moves down and forward, slowly we can see a stadium, football players, camera continues passing by, finally, our leading actor standing there, like a hero.
Can you go through this in real life?
Note: you may need a helicopter or complicated animation and compositing to achieve this though.
For beginners, some tracking shots look similar to zoom, but they are different in essence. A zoom doesn’t have change in perspective. The key point here is that tracking shot is a natural movement.
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