How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip#8: Shot Composition – Background, Depth

1. Background
Pay attention to what is behind your subject. It should be pleasing and not distracting. It should not draw the viewer’s attention away from the main subject. Avoid clutter and mess and add something meaningful and nice, like a plant, one framed photo, or one special object. DO NOT let a plant or lampstand stick out from the top of the person’s head!

2. Create depth
Look for lines in the scene that you can use to create depth. Position yourself so the lines are going from the foreground towards the back. Separate your subject from the background.
With a few guidelines, you can learn how to create a shallow depth of field; this makes the subject in focus and the background out of focus, creating depth. For more information on how to do this, and about the 180-degree rule of shooting, get my ebook: “How to Shoot Video Like a Pro: 12 Tips For Using the Camera You Have.” Send an email with your request to [email protected].

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