COMPOSITION – The Most Important Thing in Photography
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COMPOSITION – The Most Important Thing in Photography

August 25, 2019


Hey, what’s up! It’s Chris from Brooker
Films and in today’s video I’m going to show you how understanding composition
can help to improve your photos and your videos Composition is the way that we
arrange contents or subjects within the frame. Now, there are several
compositional rules that are in place to help us compose our images and videos
correctly, to make them look as professional as possible. Now, the great
thing is this applies to both photography and videography. Now, the
first and probably the most popular compositional rule is “the rule of
thirds”. Draw two horizontal lines across your frame and draw another two vertical
lines across your frame. Use these shooting lines as a reference when
taking photos or taking videos and place your subjects or landmarks onto one of
these lines. Placing your subjects onto one of these lines can really help to
improve the quality of your work and can really help to make your photos or your
videos look more professional. For your reference,
most digital SLR cameras and most video cameras will allow you to overlay the
grid on top of your viewfinder and this is going to help you compose your images
correctly. Leading lines can really help to produce interesting results and they
are seriously, seriously under-utilised Leading lines are predominant lines that
cross through your frame and this can really help to carry your eye to a
specific point in the frame Finding interesting viewpoints can also
dramatically increase the quality of your photos and your videos. Rather than
taking every single photo or video standing up at eye level, try and find a
new and interesting perspective. Lie on the ground and shoot upwards for a nice
long angle or try and find an elevated point and shoot down for an interesting
high angle. There are a million different ways to shoot the same photo
so don’t go for the obvious choice. Try and find a new and interesting
perspective that will evolve your photo and take it to that next level. Photos
and videos are two-dimensional… unless you’re shooting video in 3D, but that’s a
whole different story Think about your foreground, your
background and the space in between and try to fill all three of those spaces. An
interesting example of this is “frame within a frame”. Use a door, a window, a
hole in the wall as your foreground and shoot through this to show your subject.
This will help to add a lot of depth of your photo and this is really going to
make your work stand out Now, the next tip to help to improve your
composition is counterbalancing. Like the rule of thirds,
this places our subject on to one of your grid lines, but it also places
another object at a different scale onto an opposing grid line. In this example,
you will notice that the Eiffel tower is framed up on the right grid line and
right opposite that is myself on the left grid line. Now, the scale difference
is massive between these two subjects I’m being completely dwarfed by the size
of the Eiffel Tower and this is really helping to show scale within the frame.
Understanding composition and knowing when to use different perspectives and
different viewpoints can really help to change the dynamics of your photos and
this will instantly evolve your photos and your videos to a more professional
level. If you enjoyed watching this video then please do let me know in the
comment section below and don’t forget to subscribe if you would like to see
more videos like this one in the future Thank you ever so much for watching. I
really do truly appreciate it I hope you’re having the most amazing day today.
I will see you soon. Thanks for watching!

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  1. Yessss πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» another video ☺️☺️ I haven’t started watching but I already know it’s gonna be good πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŠπŸ»

  2. I don’t even think I have to say what I’m about to commentπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆwell done Chris!!!πŸ’™

  3. Hi Chris, I sent a new e-mail somewhere last week but according to me it will not be sent or will not arrive. can I reach you through something else or not?

    sorry for my bad English, I hope you understand me πŸ˜‰

    x

    Janice

  4. Hello Chris πŸ’› this video is useful and amazing 😍 your photos and videos are incredible πŸ’› thank you so much for everything πŸ’›

  5. We had this theme in school but I never understood this stuffπŸ˜‚ finally I know what my teacher wanted to tell me. Thank u!! I love your video's ❀ always such a blessing for my phone to watch them video's πŸ˜‚β€ but this one was a perfect birthday-present for me thank you!❀❀🀘🏻

  6. Chris that was great you really delivered on the UNDERSTANDING part of composition, especially now having just looked back at some of your work. Seeing the scene through your lens is fantastic but hearing the thought process that goes on when you frame your shots is really impressive and defines you as an artist. Loving your videos and your positivity!!

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