The Four Camera Perspectives: How to Make Your YouTube Video Stellar
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The Four Camera Perspectives: How to Make Your YouTube Video Stellar

One of the best ways to create a good YouTube video is to analyze the methods used by professional filmmakers. One of the most crucial parts to any video is the film itself, and the four main camera perspectives each provide a distinct view of the object or subject of the video. By combining these perspectives together and using camera techniques such as time lapse and slow motion, you can create a product that rivals professional film.

A camera is a tool that can produce stunning content when in the right hands. Unfortunately, many YouTube videos are made by amateur videographers that have a burning desire to share something with the world. This desire often overrides quality and leads to channels clogged with sub-standard videos. To raise your videos above the pack, you need to use you camera to compete for the eyes of YouTube’s viewers. One method by which you can increase the quality of your content is by adjusting your camera angles.

Camera angles are a foundational part of your production and an element that all your viewers will notice.  In actuality, four types of camera angles exist: first, second, and third person, combined with auxiliary. Each of these camera perspectives has its own pros, cons, and types. In this article, we will analyze the four camera perspectives and what makes them distinct.

1st Person

First person camera perspectives give watchers your view of the world. Since our eyes do not double as camera lenses, this perspective is hard to achieve. However, with the decreasing size of cameras, first-person camera views are becoming more readily available each day. There are two ways to achieve the first-person camera perspective: glasses cameras and helmet or head cameras.

Glasses cameras derive their roots from spy technology, but in today’s world, they are now available to regular citizens. Most glasses cameras have a small camera embedded between the nosepieces or along the temple of the glasses. Available in price ranges from less than a $100 to well over $250, glasses cameras give your viewers a unique perspective on whatever you are filming. Whether you are hunting or fishing, driving, singing, or playing football, adding your perspective will be a certain hit with viewers.

A second method of filming the first-person perspective is through a helmet or head mounted camera. Many types of action cameras such as the GoPro Hero HD 2 offer headstraps or helmet mounts to allow you to film your view of the world. Although these cameras typically cost more than glasses cameras, they provide better quality footage and more features.


  • Scene Variety
  • Better View of Handheld Tasks
  • Your Perspective


  • Hard to Achieve
  • Additional Cameras
  • Unnatural Angles for Viewers, Not for Filmmaker


  • Glasses Camera
  • Helmet or Head-Mounted Camera

 2nd Person

The second person perspective is the most popular on YouTube and in much of the professional film world. Simply put, the second person camera view gives watchers the feeling of being “along for the ride.” All that is required to produce a second-person view is a camera. No special mounts, clips, cameras, or other accessories are required.

To achieve a quality second-person view, you must have a good camera. Even if you include first, third, and auxiliary person views, the second-person camera view should comprise the majority of your video. The second-person view provides a connection between you and the viewer, one that other camera views cannot gather.

However, the pervasiveness of the second-person camera perspective can bore viewers and bury your video amongst the thousands of other second-person productions. To keep viewers interested, you should pepper your videos with first and third person views as well. Additionally, you should alter the monotony of the standard second-person perspective with time lapse and slow motion videography.


  • Connection to Viewer
  • Simplicity of Production


  • Monotony if Overused
  • Lacks Uniqueness


  • Ride-along
  • Walk-with
  • Over-shoulder
  • Stationary Standby

3rd Person

In the YouTube film world, 3rd person views are almost nonexistent, but, in the professional film world, they are prevalent. Because third person camera perspectives give the view of an outside observer, they often require a second filmmaker. Since this can be hard to find, third-person camera views are also hard to find.

To set your YouTube video apart from the pack, you should include a short clip from a third person perspective. This will give viewer the opportunity to analyze your work or actions from a distance, while giving the viewer a break from the second-person perspective. In many cases, third-person camera perspectives also require a zoom lens and possibly a tripod mount, adding more cost to your filming gear. However, the quality of video that results from a proper combination of third-person perspective with first and second-person and auxiliary perspective is well worth the cost of extra equipment.


  • Adds Variety
  • Adds Unique Perspective


  • Added Cost
  • Second Filmmaker Needed


  • Passing Car
  • Drive-over Camera
  • Helicopter
  • Zoom toward Distant Object or Subject
  • Side-of-Road
  • Overpass


The auxiliary view is closely connected to the second person and the third person view. However, the connection is limited. While third-person camera perspectives provide an outside view of a situation and second-person perspectives add a viewer close-up, the auxiliary view provides angles that cannot be achieved by a physical viewer.

Auxiliary camera views are those connected to an object or vehicle that is part of the central focus of the video. Whether that object is a vehicle mirror or a shifter knob, body panel or exhaust stack, microphone, shovel, or hunter’s bow, the auxiliary camera perspective provides a camera angle second-to-none.

As with first-person, second-person, and third-person camera perspectives, the auxiliary perspective is best when used sparingly. By adding short clips of the auxiliary camera perspective into your videos, you will create a product unmatched in the YouTube video world.


  • Incredible Rarity
  • Unmatched Perspective


  • Difficulty of Production
  • Few Examples to Replicate


  • Object-Mount
  • Vehicle-Mount

The key to good videography is change. Changes to the camera perspective are a certain way to leave your viewers wanting more. With first, third, and auxiliary person views included, a good video consisting mostly of second-person footage will immediately achieve the ranks of semi-professional quality. With a quality video editing software program, this video will gain a touch of professionalism, the type that transforms YouTube creations into professional programs. Take these tips along with you as you create your next YouTube video, and create something that all of us can enjoy, your own filming masterpiece.

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