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    Rule of Thirds & Composition Rule of Thirds & Composition Presentation Transcript

    • Composition is KeyWhat makes a GREAT photograph?
    • Composition• placement or arrangement of visual elements in art• organization of the elements of art according to the principles of design• means putting together and can apply to any work• helps achieve a sense of unity within an artwork• work of art is said to be aesthetically pleasing if the elements within the work are arranged in a balanced compositional way
    • In every photograph you take…• you decide where the boundaries of that photo will be (cropping)• you choose the viewpoint or perspective• you move or rearrange people or objects• you move yourself and decide where to place point of interest
    • Good vs. Bad?• biggest difference between a good photograph and a mediocre one is the composition• what one person finds pleasing, someone else will not – composition is largely a matter of personal taste, so technically there is no right or wrong composition…
    • Good vs. Bad? • a photograph that communicates its message (says what you want it to say, says it clearly, and interests its viewer) – is an effective composition• how you arrange a scene in your camera will determine the effectiveness of your picture and contribute to how well the message is conveyed• there is more to good composition than the placement of elements, but that is where we start
    • Rule of Thirds Compositional rule in the visual arts image should be important imagined as divided compositional into nine equal parts elements should beby two equally-spaced placed along these horizontal lines and lines or their two equally-spaced intersections vertical lines aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would
    • Rule of Thirds Examples
    • Rule of Thirds Examples
    • Rule of Thirds Examples
    • Consider… What are the points of interest in this shot? Breaking the rule can Keep the rule of thirds result in some striking in mind as you edit shots… once you’ve your photos later on…learned it, experiment cropping and with purposely reframing images sobreaking it to see what that they fit within the you discover. rules. Where am I intentionally placing my points of interest?
    • Practice 3. With a ruler,1. Choose a magazine 2. Cut out 3 pictures measure the sides to find photographs that the composition and divide by 3, you might like. uses the Rule of Thirds drawing lines with a successfully. Sharpie to create a 9 square grid. Sketchbook DUE:4. Repeat this for all 3 5. Glue your images Finish your Rule of images. into your sketchbook. Thirds Sketchbook assignment by the end of class! ** Worth 10 points **
    • Practice Homework: Take 40 pictures 40 pictures (on experimenting with Camera or Memory Rule of Thirds. Take Card) DUE: pictures of anything Tuesday, you’d like… go for awalk around the house February 5th or go outside Tips: Try taking pictures of the same subject and compose using the Rule of Thirds and going against it.
    • Do & Don’tDO make sure the background or DON’T have a boring or “negative space” is visually unattractive background. interesting.
    • Do & Don’tDO leave some space around DON’T overcompensate by your focal point. putting your point of interest too close to the edge of the frame.