basic framing options
It’s all a question of balance, really. If a person is looking directly at the camera, then it’s normal for him or her to be in the centre of the frame. If, however, the shot requires the subject to be looking out of frame right or left, then it’s necessary to modify their position in the frame. A centuries-old framing convention known as the “thirds” principle then comes into play.
The trick is to divide up the image with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines; unless your subject is to look straight into the lens – and placed centre of frame – you’ll find it more aesthetically pleasing to position your subject on one of the vertical lines.
This is particularly important where the subject – let’s say an interviewee or an actor – is in conversation with somebody out of shot. It’s important to position them in such a way as to have space between their eyes and the right (or left) of frame.
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