All of us want to take better photos. But in order to do this we need to see more deeply How do you think we can train our eyes? You may have heard and seen different methods to date but I suggest one that is quite different… Watch movies as many as possible! I will show you that how you can see better with the help of movies. Now, I will show you how you are going to see better with the help of movies [Watch movies to take better pictures! Composition tips from Matrix] Yes, watch as many movies as you can, but watch with heart! Shall not be deceived by the saying of movies! in English it has been depicted as ‘motion pictures’ which means ‘moving pictures’ because every second has 24 different pictures included in a movie Imagine scrutinizing all those pictures. What could be a better photography education? Plus, a faster education. Now I’m going to show you a scene from a 1999’s classic science fiction movie, Matrix and we will start to examine these scenes one by one to understand the composition better Are you ready? First rule is, ‘rule of thirds’. What does the rule of thirds mean? Imagine you divide the screen into 3, horizontally and vertically. And then you place the important objects, and the points where you want people to look at, onto those stripes or the points they intersect. In this way, we are learning the basics of composition in a photograph. The scene I have just selected has white background so that we can see the utilized method better. As I said, the first rule is the rule of thirds. Will there be one person in your photo? Try inserting them onto one of the stripes. It will look more aesthetic. What about when there are two people in the screen? then let’s continute watching! We can stop right here. And let’s remember the imaginary lines from the rule of thirds. One of the characters has almost become the left line and the other has been inserted on the intersecting point of two stripes Let’s continue now. This is our second rule at this point. Let’s talk about it. It is called “Lead Room”. So The blank space in the direction which the character is looking at. As to rule of thirds This character could be replaced on the right line but since he is already looking that way, he was placed on the left line intentionally. The vice-versa is possible of course. By the way, the one that dominates the 2 characters is the left character Therefore We see the right side of your face This is a preference a conscious composition preference If you want be an epic one of the characters you should replace the character to left side And create a view gap And we came to the 3rd rule of composition, symmetry. When you draw a vertical line splitting the screen into halves, the objects in composition are placed symmetrically. In fact, despite symmetry is mostly an alternative of the rule of thirds we mentioned, in this scene, two techniques were used together successfully. We can see both symmetry and rule of thirds at the same time. This, we are seeing, is framing. You can frame objects in a photo by placing them inside of other natural objects in the environment. Here, the TV screen was used as a frame. But, for this purpose you can frame the person you are shooting by placing them in a window or an object like a door. If you want to improve your photography, it is told to get close to the object you are shooting. In the terms of composition, fill the frame. What happens if you get close to the object you are shooting? Naturally you start to get to know it better. As if you explore their inner worlds. In this scene, not only the frame was filled, but also a 6th composition technique was used. Diagonal lines add the feeling of movement and dynamism to a photo. It is a quite effective and convenient choice for us to feel the uncertainty in the character’s inner world, and the change in his mind while redefining reality. In this following frame, where the technique of filling the frame was used; the diagonal lines are replaced with straight lines, which indicates that this choice was intentional. We see the face of this scene’s dominant character that close for the first time. Straight lines are reflections of his confident character and stable world. Speaking of reflections, although we are this close, we cannot enter his inner world since we cannot see his eyes. There is an intentional distance between us and the character we are shooting, as if there is a feeling of distance within a close distance. And this is called contrast. Now let’s see some other thing like this. Based on the Gestalt principle in psychology, figure/ground relationship can be used in compositions. In fact we see this since the beginning of the scene, but especially in this scope we can clearly see both contrast, and the figure/ground relationship. Let’s move on to another scene in the same white room. It is quite clear which composition technique is in use here. Perspective. Lines originated from a single point lead our eyes and add a third dimension to the ground that looks like two dimensional. If you too, want to add the third dimension to your two dimensional photos and create the effect of perspective, try to find the perspective lines around which lead the eyes, and show them in your photos. As you see, based on only one scene of a single movie, we noticed, explored 9 different basic composition technique that you can use in photography. I am sure you will explore much more things than me, if you start to analyze and watch movies differently. But please share those new things you explored with me. With your comments, or at least sharing if you liked or not, you liked, with me; you can lead me for the videos I will produce later. Wish you a better seeing, goodbye.