Chapter Two

The Basics of Composition

  • Headroom
  • Shooting Style: Subjective vs Objective
  • Look room/Nose room
  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Camera Angles
  • The Two-Shot
  • The Over-the-Shoulder
  • The Power Dynamic Two-Shot
  • The Three-Shot

Composition, as we are applying the term, is the purposeful arrangement of artistic parts selected for the “art form” being practiced. One can compose notes in music, steps in a dance routine, figures in a painting, elements on a web page, subjects within a film frame, and so forth.

Now that we understand how shots pictorially cover persons, actions, or events within a certain size frame, we have to look at how you can fill that frame with objects and information – meaning where, specifically, do you place the person’s head in a ...

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