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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Simple Rules for Framing Human Subjects

Let us try to start with something simple that you will have to shoot many, many times: a medium close-up of a human face. We shall see that what at first seems rather simple will, in fact, require you to make many creative choices—choices that will help make your images better, stronger, and more understandable in the long run.

Here is a medium close-up (Figure 2.1).

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Figure 2.1 Generic medium close-up.

What do you notice about this image? Where is the person’s head located within the frame? Where do the person’s eyes look? The head is very close to center frame and the eyes are looking directly into the ...

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