Video composition techniques professionals use

Following what we believe are the most important tips in video production and what the best filmmakers and directors do, we are going to go deeper into how to frame your shots to make them interesting. To do so, we are going to show you the most important video composition techniques that will for sure help you improve the quality of your videos, and the best part, this tip will cost you no money. 

Composition is how you arrange your video, which elements to leave in the video and which not to. And you need to know it is as important for videography as it is for photography. So here in this blog, we are going to go through the most essential composition techniques you need to use in your videos if you want them to be professional.

The rule of thirds

rule of thirds

First of all, we have the rule of thirds. Yes, a lot of people know what it is, but most of them forget to apply it when shooting a video, and we are here to remember you to use it. 

But for those who aren’t familiar with it, we will first advise you to enable the grids on your camera. This way you will see two vertical and horizontal lines in your frame. So now you need to notice where these lines intersect.

What the rule of thirds suggests is that these intersections are the perfect places to position your subject, so you will end up having a balanced composition.

Understand headroom

Headroom is just the amount of space between your subject’s head and the top of your frame. Leave a modest bit of fairy space over your subject’s head, not too much or too little.

Leading Lines

With this technique, you need to understand that you can use the elements in your environment to create a visual pathway to your subject. We really advice you to use this technique when doing portrait shots, it will definetely change your video result. 

Variety of shots

You will want to vary your shots, so that your final result will be more interesting. All the big and professional directors make three different shots:

  • Establishing shots: the first shot in a scene tends to be a wide shot, so that the viewer takes the essence of the entire scene.
  • Medium shots: these types of shots tend to be of a subject, either of the full length or of the subject cropped. But always that it does not include the surroundings.
  • Close-ups: are really cropped shots which only show details, like a small action happening, the actor’s face, or anything that is relevant to the storyline. 

 

So having this in mind, you will be able to produce and shoot great videos that will impact your viewers.  You can either choose one of these, or choose them all by combining them properly. We hope you found this blog interesting. Thank you for your time in reading it.

Marta.

 

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