Make the first shots you take as great as they’re meant to be! Here are some concepts on composition you should know about before you shoot.
There are many, many, many important concepts to learn about when it comes to composition and framing, but to get you started, here are the ones the video talks about:
- The Rule of Thirds
- Looking room
- Frame above or below your subject’s joints
- Internal framing
- Leading lines (vectors)
These concepts are essential compositional “rules” that, if followed, can result in images with wide appeal. I know, that’s a controversial statement, but guess what, it’s true. Most human brains respond positively to compositions that abide by these “rules.” Think about it, why does it bother us so much when there’s not enough headroom in a shot? Because it makes the subject looked confined and makes us feel claustrophobic, and unless this is an intentional choice by the filmmaker, it makes no sense and drives viewers crazy.
Now, rules are great, but they’re also meant to be broken. Some of the most exciting cinematography of the last year, like Mr. Robot, completely dismantles the set of rules most filmmakers abide by. So go experiment! Just learn the rules so you know which ones you’re breaking!