How Your Favourite Movie Can Improve Your Photography

It sounds crazy, but it's true. 

Videos that you watch are made from thousands of pictures that capture every movement of your face as you make them. Every film you watch is essentially millions of pictures being played out to you. Composition is an integral part of cinematography. The placement of characters and their backgrounds are essential to the look and feel of its situation. The cinematographers responsibility is to frame each scene like a picture. So you could learn some very important basics of composition just by watching your favourite film. 

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The first thing you should do is pick your movie. I choose Mad Max: Fury Road

While watching the trailer, I noticed these compositional techniques..

1. Rule of thirds

This fundamental technique is used in most films you watch. By simply placing your subject off centre from the right or left of an image, you create a composition that is visually attractive to most people.  The thumbnail video image is a good example. 

2. negative space

The area around your subject, usually empty, is negative space. For example, Charlize Theron (Imperator Furiosa) kneels down in the dessert. The cinematographer is far enough to create a large negative space around her, which gives you the impression that she is alone. 

3. Fill the frame

This refers to making your subject the significant portion of the photograph, usually centre to the frame. For example, Nux is filmed while driving inside the vehicle and his face and upper body is the majority of the image or scene. 

4. framing

Framing is using objects to frame your subjects. An excellent example is the scene with Tom Hardy (Max Rockatansky) hiding inside the trucks floor storage. The outline of the door around him help create the frame.