Chapter Two The Basics of Composition

 

Headroom

Shooting Style: Subjective versus Objective

Look Room/Nose Room

The Rule of Thirds

Camera Angles

The Two-Shot

The Over-the-Shoulder Shot

The Power Dynamic Two-Shot

The Three-Shot/Group Shots

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

Now that we understand how basic shots pictorially cover persons, actions, or events of varying magnitude/proximity, we have to look at how you can fill that frame with objects and information – meaning where, specifically, ...

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