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As we discussed earlier, this course is built around you going out and practicing very specific things that will over time give you a robust compositional vocabulary, and that process is going to begin in this chapter. The last movie in this chapter will be a specific assignment wherein I will task you with shooting a specific kind of subject matter. However, you haven't had any composition instruction yet, so we need a little bit of that before you head out shooting. There are lots of compositional ideas and concepts, and we're going to go over scores of them in this course, with the aim of getting them into your body so that eventually you can work with them by feel.
Not every image will have every compositional idea that we're going to discuss in this course, but all images will have four things: a clearly defined subject and background, a sense of balance, a point of view, and a degree of simplicity. These are compositional concepts that you cannot avoid. So in the rest of this chapter, we're going to discuss exactly what these things are, so that you can head out on your first shooting assignment and practice these fundamental essential compositional ideas.
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