## Composition

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• The rule of thirds is firmly established in painting and still photography. (See http://www.photo96.com/blog/?p=371 for some pretty examples.) The rule may
Message 1 of 2 , Aug 10, 2008
The "rule of thirds" is firmly established in painting and still
photography. (See http://www.photo96.com/blog/?p=371 for some pretty
examples.) The rule may be a bit less rigid in video and motion picture
photography, but if you watch for it you'll see tons of examples at your
local cineplex.

Should we be following a rule of thirds while making fulldome video?

(My feeling is no; the rule of thirds tries to get you to position items
of interest at a certain position with relation to the frame, and we're
all about making people forget the frame exists. I want to see what
• It s the same idea, just applied differently... the issue is, where are the dividing lines? Since you are not seeing the dome in the full-view circle that
Message 2 of 2 , Aug 10, 2008
It's the same idea, just applied differently... the issue is, where
are the dividing lines? Since you are not "seeing" the dome in the
full-view circle that we view on our computer monitors, that's not
where we apply the rules. Although I always use the thirds grid on
my Leica camera when shooting with it, I have to admit I've not used
the thirds approach when creating for fulldome... but just used basic
overall composition concepts... or might I say what "feels" good from
experience

It will be an interesting discussion as to what producers have
experienced. I would have to say that one of the lines to divide up
might be from the rim of the dome to the zenith, that being one
dimension. I know we are always looking at how high towards the
zenith objects are in a scene, hoping to have something looming over
the viewer.

Another approach would be to view everything from the audience's
viewpoint... although we are fulldome, the viewer still sees with the
somewhat rectangular view the eye (or the mind) sees. So the
fulldome image is always being "framed" by the viewer... and
composition is determined by where they are looking.

I'll agree with Rich that it's a lot different with motion imagery
where the path of an object through the view is primary. What do
other producers think?

Tom

On Aug 10, 2008, at 11:22 AM, Rich Brown wrote:

The "rule of thirds" is firmly established in painting and still
photography. (See http://www.photo96.com/blog/?p=371 for some pretty
examples.) The rule may be a bit less rigid in video and motion picture
photography, but if you watch for it you'll see tons of examples at your
local cineplex.

Should we be following a rule of thirds while making fulldome video?

(My feeling is no; the rule of thirds tries to get you to position items
of interest at a certain position with relation to the frame, and we're
all about making people forget the frame exists. I want to see what

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