Filming: Composition

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The Shots

Now that you've got to grips with the settings of your camera, it's time to focus on constructing your shot. It is important to experiment with your framing, but to get you started, here's a list of shots that we like to feature on our Reload Sessions. 


Close-Up Shot

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We usually keep this static, as it's live we treat this as the safe shot that we can refer to whenever.

Medium Shot


Breaking it up with the close-up shot, we like to step back a bit and get a shot from the torso up. This could be valuable if the artist is playing an instrument as well, as it'll let the audience know who is playing.

Wide Shot


When the artist is accompanied by their band mates, we like to feature them in the session too. Although the focus is still on the main artist, it gives a sense of the environment that the artist is in.

Super Close Up Shot

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Occasionally in a Reload Sessions edit, we like to cut to a shot of a guitar fret-board or the keys of a piano. This isn't a must, but we like to feature this every now and then.


Getting the composition right is tricky as there's no right or wrong answer to this. There are however, a variety of techniques that we like to include in our sessions to help us achieve a good level of composition.


Rack Focusing

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Rack focusing forces the viewer to focus on subject A and then gradually move over to subject B. If done correctly it'll be a seamless transition.

Negative Space


Negative space allows you to highlight certain parts of what is in your frame as well as helping you set the scene  - you are communicating with your audience in a more subtle way.

Rule of Thirds

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Using the rule of thirds is always good to have in the back of your mind when setting up your composition. Having a grid placed over your composition will act as a a helpful guide, you should be able to do this with all cameras. 

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