Video Composition | 4 Rules you NEED to know
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Video Composition | 4 Rules you NEED to know

October 15, 2019


How’s it going everybody this is Dean
Rojas with Epidemic Sound and today we’re gonna be talking about
compositional techniques for video. We’re talking about composition today and that
basically means how to compose your shots properly and how to get a good
balance. So the first technique that we’re going to talk about is the rule of
thirds or known as the rule of thumb. This is because it is such a basic
understanding that transcends painting that transcends photography or any other
art form out there. So hop into your camera settings and you’re gonna look
for a three by three grid line and once you activate that, the guideline proposes
that an image should be divided into nine equal parts. Two equally spaced
horizon lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. I’ll keep the grid lines
on at all times when I’m shooting unless I’m checking focus. So now we have the
grid lines and what the rule of thirds is is basically balancing your subject
on either side. So aligning your subject on these three points creates more
tension energy and interest. This grid is also going to help you identify where
your horizon line is so you can easily see when it’s centered or when it’s off.
The next compositional technique is leading lines. So this is exactly what it
sounds like it’s lines that are leading towards your subject that allow the
viewers eye to follow them and create focus on them. As humans were naturally
programmed to follow lines a good example for that is when you’re driving
on the road you will naturally lean towards the line and you will follow the
line or else it’ll just be driving aimlessly in the middle of road and
it’ll be chaos. So leading lines for video is creating a path for the viewer
to lead directly to your subject. This is a very powerful tool and creates a good
dynamic element to your cinematography. So learning these techniques as a
videographer can also help your photography. The next compositional
technique is going to be Headroom. Headroom is the space between the top of
your subjects head and the top of the frame. It’s important to keep a good
balance. If you have too much Headroom then it’s going to look like your
subject is swimming and if you have too little Headroom it’s going
look like you cut off the top of their head and it’s going to look weird and
you don’t want that. A common trick to do is to position your subject on the rule
of thirds and have the grid line going through their eyes. This way you’re gonna
assure balance whether you have a wide shot or a close-up. So the next
compositional technique is going to be adding a pop color. So if you have a dull
or unsaturated background a good way to bring your subject out of that is having
them wear clothing that is brightly colored vibrant heavy saturation. I like
yellows and oranges because those are the colors that your eyes are typically
going to be drawn to the most. So adding this pop of color is really going to
separate your subject from the background and really bring them to focus
to the viewer. When you’re out shooting look for something that’s more vibrant
has a pop of color because it’s really gonna create more of a dynamic shot. Thank you guys so much for watching, if you enjoyed this video please leave a like, leave a comment, hit subscribe, hit the notification bell, follow me on my
personal channel and I’ll see you guys in the next one. Keep killing it!

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  1. Really?
    You are verry stupid if you came with this shit in 2019
    Since i become a photographer and videographer 12 years ago, i never used those shit.
    Guys don't listen to him. Just shoot and record, and do it again, and repeat. That's the way you will rearn.

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