Inspiration sometimes comes from the most unexpected places. Next time you’re watching a movie, pay attention to how shots are framed; the art of cinematography provides many lessons for the untrained eye. After all, ‘Director of photography’ is yet another word for a cinematographer.
The conscious choices you make in your compositions are vital to the success of your photographs just as a cinematographer’s framing of shots is vital to the success of the movie. We have gathered some of the most notable movie stills to illustrate excellent composition and give every photographer a chance to absorb the lessons hidden behind the frames.