Composition Joel Kinison
A Little About Composition <ul><li>Almost anyone can take photos </li></ul><ul><li>Photographic excellence – in the eye of...
Arrangement of visual elements <ul><li>The Rule of Thirds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidelines for off centered subjects </li>...
Cluttered Backgrounds
Blurred Foreground
Blurred Foreground: Sharpened
Tiny Subjects
Tiny Subjects: Fixed
Dead Center Subjects
Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
Dead Center Subjects
Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
Irreverent Space
Irreverent Space: Fixed
Dramatic Skies <ul><li>Emphasize blue de-emphasize gray skies </li></ul>
Large Subject <ul><li>Portraits – place the most important element at an intersecting point </li></ul>
Moving Subject <ul><li>Leave space for the subject to move into </li></ul>
Low Light Sports Photography <ul><li>It’s hard to get right </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Try your Flash ...
Left to Right <ul><li>Western cultures read left to right </li></ul>
Intentionally Breaking the Rules <ul><li>As long as there is balance </li></ul>
Foreground Frames <ul><li>Avoid too much empty space in landscape and architectural photography </li></ul><ul><li>Object s...
Foreground Frames
Foreground Frames
Fill the Frame <ul><li>“If your pictures aren’t good enough,  you're not close enough” </li></ul>
Working with Lines <ul><li>Lead the viewer into the photo </li></ul><ul><li>Three types have different impact </li></ul><u...
Horizontal Lines <ul><li>convey a message of stability </li></ul>create a rhythm or patterns
Vertical Lines <ul><li>convey a message of strength and growth </li></ul>Patterns have great impact
Diagonal Lines <ul><li>Suggest point of interest </li></ul>Patterns have great impact
Leading Lines <ul><li>Find an element that leads the viewer’s eye into the image – from left to right </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Rule of Thirds and Lines Lucas Novak, 2008  http://lukasimage.com
Use Shutter Speed to your Advantage
Use Shutter Speed to your Advantage
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    1. 1. Composition Joel Kinison
    2. 2. A Little About Composition <ul><li>Almost anyone can take photos </li></ul><ul><li>Photographic excellence – in the eye of the beholder </li></ul><ul><li>Common mistakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cluttered backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blurred foreground </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiny subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dead center subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irrelevant space </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Arrangement of visual elements <ul><li>The Rule of Thirds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidelines for off centered subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used by painters for years </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Cluttered Backgrounds
    5. 5. Blurred Foreground
    6. 6. Blurred Foreground: Sharpened
    7. 7. Tiny Subjects
    8. 8. Tiny Subjects: Fixed
    9. 9. Dead Center Subjects
    10. 10. Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
    11. 11. Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
    12. 12. Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
    13. 13. Dead Center Subjects
    14. 14. Dead Center Subjects: Fixed
    15. 15. Irreverent Space
    16. 16. Irreverent Space: Fixed
    17. 17. Dramatic Skies <ul><li>Emphasize blue de-emphasize gray skies </li></ul>
    18. 18. Large Subject <ul><li>Portraits – place the most important element at an intersecting point </li></ul>
    19. 19. Moving Subject <ul><li>Leave space for the subject to move into </li></ul>
    20. 20. Low Light Sports Photography <ul><li>It’s hard to get right </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Try your Flash </li></ul><ul><li>Shutter Speed </li></ul><ul><li>ISO </li></ul>
    21. 21. Left to Right <ul><li>Western cultures read left to right </li></ul>
    22. 22. Intentionally Breaking the Rules <ul><li>As long as there is balance </li></ul>
    23. 23. Foreground Frames <ul><li>Avoid too much empty space in landscape and architectural photography </li></ul><ul><li>Object should not be too large </li></ul><ul><li>Not too dark – will look like a silhouette </li></ul><ul><li>Try shooting with a flash </li></ul>
    24. 24. Foreground Frames
    25. 25. Foreground Frames
    26. 26. Fill the Frame <ul><li>“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you're not close enough” </li></ul>
    27. 27. Working with Lines <ul><li>Lead the viewer into the photo </li></ul><ul><li>Three types have different impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horizontal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vertical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagonal </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Horizontal Lines <ul><li>convey a message of stability </li></ul>create a rhythm or patterns
    29. 29. Vertical Lines <ul><li>convey a message of strength and growth </li></ul>Patterns have great impact
    30. 30. Diagonal Lines <ul><li>Suggest point of interest </li></ul>Patterns have great impact
    31. 31. Leading Lines <ul><li>Find an element that leads the viewer’s eye into the image – from left to right </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Road </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curve of water way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Series of fishing boats </li></ul></ul>
    32. 32. Rule of Thirds and Lines Lucas Novak, 2008 http://lukasimage.com
    33. 33. Use Shutter Speed to your Advantage
    34. 34. Use Shutter Speed to your Advantage

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