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Framing and composing your clips and videos

04/02

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Choosing a proper frame for your videos isn’t that easy. I bet that lots of times you’ve looked back at your material and wondered why have not you chosen another frame or composition. So to help you out, here’s a handy guide to help you compose your mobile movies in a much more professional way.

1. Ask yourself if you really need that much space around your subject. One of the most frequent “mistakes” in video clips is showing a lot of meaningless empty space around the subject. If you really want to show the surroundings, for instance when filming nature or a specific location, of course, you can include as much “space” as you can, but otherwise, ask yourself twice if you really need that space. A subject can look much more captivating when shown in a more close-up fashion. So, don’t be afraid to use a closer frameset. bottom up

2. Try filming from a different height. Filming a subject from the ground up will make that subject seem much bigger and mightier. Using a top-down perspective does the opposite, giving you quite a different look upon the subject. Play with the perspective and show people much more than what they’d see with their own eyes!

3. Although focusing in the middle of the frame is effective, it can be rather boring. Just try, what would happen if you shift your subject to bottom left, or middle right of the frame?

4. Don’t shift the horizon – or if you do, do it well! Especially with a mobile device, the camera can be easily skewed without noticing. This will result in clips which are but slightly tilted and look out of joint. Try to keep the horizon straight at all times, and all vertical lines straight up. Or, if you want to experiment, really tilt the camera 25-40 percent to noticeably shift the perspective.

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In the next blog post, we’ll give you more advice and ideas on framing and composition, and also some tips on how to move with your camera the easiest and most effective way.

Stay tuned!

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