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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Practical Composition

Although the artist with a blank canvas has a free choice in arranging shapes, texture, color, etc., you are working in the real world, and have to compose pictures from whatever is there in the scene.

Sometimes you may be able to rearrange the subject, repositioning or adjusting to improve the shot. But more often, you have to rely on selecting just the right viewpoint, adjusting perspective, and careful framing to compose your picture effectively. If you do this skillfully, the result will be so convincing that it all seems to have happened naturally. If a shot is badly composed it will look muddled, allowing the viewer’s attention to wander, failing to hold their interest. Where shots are too obviously ‘organized’, they ...

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