Photography is in many ways like a movie, except it’s only a one frame scenario. Watching how the best filmmakers build a scene can be a great way to improve your ability to compose and tell a story with your photos.
Youtube channel Every Frame a Painting is dedicated to the analysis of film form. Some of the videos he created are gold for us photographers.
How shooting up or down on your subject as he looks or not at the camera will influences how we perceive him:
How to compose a scene in quadrant or use geometry to tell a story:
How directors use light can also help us understand how to use it. It is often a bit over the top, but C.S.I is the perfect example of how light can help tell a story. The lighting we see in C.S.I is totally non-realistic. No interrogation room or lab is lite like that. But the light tells a story by being a character by itself.
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