Now it is time to capture the footage that you will use in your films! You might have a budget that affords the services of a professional videographer. However, let’s progress as though the filming responsibilities fall on your shoulders. Whether you are filming within a factory, a scripted scene in a city, or mountain landscape , it is advantageous to learn how to take shots that capture the appropriate information, communicate the right tone, and won’t leave you hanging when you are editing down the road. This chapter will focus on basic techniques for filming with a tripod . Stabilization gives you greater control over how you frame a scene and how elements within your shot interrelate. You might be surprised how much impact you can have by making small changes in the geometry of a scene. Framing and interaction is called composition . Understanding the intricacies of composition can empower you to add dimensionality and greater impact to your film. The concepts that I share come from a blend of personal experiences and advice from other video professionals.