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Chapter 3. Shooting > Framing and Design

Framing and Design

Now that you are familiar with the elements of your video, you can start to think about how to make each shot as aesthetically appealing as possible. Even good coverage and snazzy editing cannot make up for poor focus and otherwise visually unattractive material. “Framing” is my general term for how the various objects and people you shoot are positioned in the horizontal rectangle of your video frame.

Most of the rules of good graphic design apply to video framing as well. You might even occasionally aspire to a video that, if put in freeze-frame, would make a fine photograph for your scrapbook. Here are some quick tips for better framing of your shots.


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