Make your videos rock with simple techniques on how to correctly frame your subjects.
How can you frame your video to create a great looking shot? Discover a few fundamental techniques for creating video that tells a compelling story. From framing, to headroom to look-room, this video is a quick sampler on creating a video that carries your audience through your story.
Each shot you take must make sense if your video is going to make sense. Frame your pictures well and the quality of your shooting will improve immensely.
A few simple tips include:
Make use of all the area in your viewfinder so that you fill the frame with picture.
Be thoughtful about where you put your subject in the frame.
Use the rule of thirds as a starting point for framing your shot. View this video for help using the rule.
Vary the height of your camera. Don’t make every image from your eye level. Consider putting the camera up high or down low. How does it change your shot.
Vary the focal length of your camera. Learn the psychology of framing and camera height, here. A good start is to aim your camera so you don’t cut off people’s heads or shoes. Or frame so the head is in the top half of your shot, and let the bottom frame line cut off your subjects at the waist.
Use dutch angles sparingly; they should only be used for special effects, and then rarely.
Keep screen direction in mind. If your subject‘s nose is pointed to the left, be sure he or she stays “nose left” throughout the segment or scene you are shooting.
Tell your story in sequences. Sequences are video stories that break your narrative into a series of images that carry the viewer along. Discover the power of sequencing and learn how to use it in your stories, here.
Be thoughtful as you shoot. Think about how the viewer will respond to your shot. Think about what your next shot will be. Make every shot look as if you planned it to be that way – not careless and accidental.
© 2011 Drew Keller