Thursday, October 20, 2016

MassMedia: Composition in Photography and Film (W9-P1) [VID] Fa16

We've covered previously some basic rules of composition in photography.  Now let's add a little more to that discussion of composition in still photography and then we'll move to composition in film.

Within still photography composition, other topic worthy of discussion is Itten's contrasts.

Composition in Film 

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?

So, some rules of still photography can be applied in film.
What are some rules of composition unique to film?

Note the four rules of composition that can be used in video work which are discussed below.

And now, on to some more aspects of video composition.

Q: What is the rule of composition that cant' be used well in still photography?
A: Movement

For some keen lessons on composing with movement let's go to the master, Akira Kurosawa, famed Japanese film director.  Note the specific rules of movement discussed.

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