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Term: Overhead Angle

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With this camera angle, the positioning of the camera directly or almost directly above the action or subject creates a rather abstract effect, with the subjects seeming small and insignificant like ants. If the shot is taken from directly above, often only geometric forms remain visible, which can create a disorienting or dizzying effect. In many cases, overhead angles are used to distance the viewer from the action or to give a broad overview of it.

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