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Creating Video for Teachers and Trainers: Producing Professional Video with Amateur Equipment by Tim Spannaus

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Chapter 9

Using the Camcorder

In this chapter we'll discuss basic visual composition, shots, and camera movement. The viewer may not be able to tell you how to improve the shots in your video, but will gain an overall impression of the quality from how you compose your shots and, in general, use the camcorder.

Composition

The center of the frame is a weak spot for the center of attention. That is, it's an uninteresting, uninspired spot in the frame. Look at the images that make a lasting impression on you, like the Mona Lisa. Her eyes draw your attention, and they are not at the center of the image. Her face is roughly a third of the way down from the top.

This image, and many others, suggest a rule of thirds. Figure 9.1 is an example.

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