Thursday, September 12, 2013

DigPhotog: Rules of Composition: Not Just for Still Photography - How to Use in Video (U4-P1) [VID]

The "rules" of composition that you learn for still photography can also be used in your video work.  After you learned about composition in still photography (rule of thirds, framing, etc.), did you start to spot those same rules being used in your favorite TV show or movie?  If not, look for it the next time you are watching TV or a movie.

Take, for example, the Tarantino film, Kill Bill.

Just focus on the rule of thirds.  How often do you see the rule of thirds?  How is it used?

Now, you try it.  Go to YouTube (or another video source) and look for clips of a favorite movie.  See how many rules of composition you see being used.  Besides the rule of thirds, what else do you see?  Framing?

If you are interested in this sort of thing, you may want to check out my Vimeo album called "Rules of Composition in Film" (Thanks to "kogonada" who compiled most of the clips).  Below is one of five video clips in the album.  Neat, yeah?  What rule of composition is shown in the Kubrick films?

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.
If curious, see more on one-point, two-point and three-point perspective.

Composition, Videos and Instgram

I wonder what we could do with rules of composition and short video clips on Instagram?  Could we use different rules of composition in the same clip?  Got ideas?

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