7.5 Camera composition

You have spent a number of hours modeling your scene, positioning and fine-tuning the lighting quality, designing and tweaking materials, and the deadline is nearly up before the final renders are due. You throw a camera in the scene and begin the rendering process.

Chances are, the scenario described in the preceding paragraph will lead to visual disaster. One of the most important aspects of any work of art is the composition of the final scene, but very often the topic of camera placement and scene composition are unplanned and poorly executed.

In this section of the chapter, you’ll learn some of the fundamentals of scene composition and camera placement including

•  Rule of Thirds

•  Camera shots

The Rule of Thirds ...

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