Photography Composition for AAU

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Photography Composition for AAU

  1. 1. Photographic Composition Ida C. Benedetto Addis Ababa University Jan 27, 2010
  2. 2. Today! Aesthetics Composition
  3. 3. Tomorrow! Visual Storytelling Documentary Photography
  4. 4. Now, put away your notebooks.
  5. 5. Do yourself a favor. Just look.
  6. 6. Simplicity All the things you have during your physical experience of a scene - space, time, attention – are not available to the viewer of your photograph.
  7. 7. Pictured: Alexandrea Boulat You need to consciously construct it visually.
  8. 8. Think First! What is important, interesting, and visual? How do you make a photograph of it? Ida C. Benedetto
  9. 9. View Point Where you, the photographer, (and ultimately the viewer of the photo) are positioned in relation to the scene dramatically impacts the feeling and message of the photograph.
  10. 10. (pictures, view from above) From Above Ida C. Benedetto
  11. 11. (picture, view from eye level) At Eye Level Eros Hoagland
  12. 12. (picture, view from below) From Below Cédric Gerbehaye
  13. 13. (picture, close up) Close Up Mark Leon
  14. 14. (picture, distant) Far Away Travis Dove
  15. 15. Move around! After your camera, the most important photographic tool you have is your body. Explore different points of view by moving around, NOT by hitting the zoom button.
  16. 16. Compositional Balance Organized Static Dynamic Busy
  17. 17. Rule of Thirds Composition along vertical and horizontal lines that divide the picture into thirds, with focus on where the lines intersect.
  18. 18. Rule of 3rds Stephane Harter  
  19. 19. Rule of 3rds Stephane Harter  
  20. 20. Rule of 3rds Dana Popa  
  21. 21. Rule of 3rds Dana Popa  
  22. 22. Rule of 3rds Lynsey Addario
  23. 23. Rule of 3rds Lynsey Addario
  24. 24. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  25. 25. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  26. 26. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ruth Fremson
  27. 27. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ruth Fremson
  28. 28. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Kevin  J.  Miyazaki  
  29. 29. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Kevin  J.  Miyazaki  
  30. 30. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  31. 31. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  32. 32. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  33. 33. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  34. 34. Framing The relationship between the main subject of the photograph, other visual elements, and the edges of the photo.
  35. 35. (photo example) Framing Åsa  Sjöström
  36. 36. (photo example) Framing Chris  Maluszynski  
  37. 37. (photo example) Framing Oded  Balilty  
  38. 38. (photo example, layering) Layering Ida  C.  Benede>o
  39. 39. (photo example) Framing Ida  C.  Benede>o
  40. 40. (photo example) Framing Ida  C.  Benede>o
  41. 41. (photo example) Framing Ida  C.  Benede>o
  42. 42. (photo example) Framing Damon Winter
  43. 43. (photo example) Framing Ron Haviv
  44. 44. Guiding the Eye

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