How to Frame Your Shot Perfectly Every Time

News happens fast. Sometimes, if you are in the right place at the right time, you can get footage that news station can’t get there fast enough for. This article will help you learn just how to shoot stories as they unfold.

Shooting film that looks great is not easy work. Especially when shooting news events and action, framing your shot is essential. When you only have one chance to get it right, using proper framing skills can make or break your footage. Follow these few easy steps to get the perfect shot, every time.

Unfortunately, you don’t have time to set up the ideal shot when recording live breaking news. Artistic shooting has a place in cinematography, but that place is far from news. When shooting events as they happen, the number one rule is to keep the camera steady. If you don’t have a tripod, be sure to hold the camera confidently on your shoulder with as little movement as possible.

Note where the light is coming from and work with it. Perhaps it’s not the ideal shot to take in the action, but it is much better to have an almost perfect shot that is perfectly lit than to be in the right place, but not be able to see what’s happening.

The best shots are not ones that watch the scene unfold but that look like they are part of the situation itself. Don’t spend too much time zooming in and out; a steady shot allows for the viewer to focus on the action instead of being distracted by jarring zooms.

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