Chapter ThreeComposition: Beyond the Basics


The Illusion of 3D

The Lines: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Curved

The Depth Factor: Foreground, Middle Ground, Background

Depth Cues: Overlapping, Object Size, Atmospherics

Lens Talk: Focal Length, Primes, Zooms

Lens Talk: Focus

Up until now, we have kept most of our compositions relatively basic: one or two subjects in a simple environment. By this point, you should feel comfortable with your camera’s aspect ratio, the families of shot types, the rule of thirds, headroom, look room, and camera angles on action. Chapter Three builds on these basic components of cinematic language and introduces new and compelling ways to compose your shots – increasing their visual information, ...

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