The phrase "shot composition" refers to the art and practice of
arranging the visual elements on the screen so that they communicate your intended message
clearly. There are no hard-and-fast "rules" to follow in composing your
shots, but there are several "rules of thumb," or standard ways of shooting that
can make your shots look better and communicate more clearly.
You'll learn some of those "rules of thumb" by reading the
instruction at two Web sites:
Channel 03 Video Production
This is an introduction to video production for people who are interested in
working at a cable access channel. Read all of the VIDEO section. If you find
terms you don't understand, check out this site's GLOSSARY.
The Camera and
Read all of the 15 short sections at this site. A few of them will give you
more hints about the technical aspects of how the camera works. The rest will
explain shot composition. (This is a Canadian site, so don't be surprised at the
British-style spelling of the word colour.)