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  • Composition Joel Kinison
  • A Little About Composition
    • Almost anyone can take photos
    • Photographic excellence – in the eye of the beholder
    • Common mistakes
      • Cluttered backgrounds
      • Blurred foreground
      • Tiny subjects
      • Dead center subjects
      • Irrelevant space
  • Arrangement of visual elements
    • The Rule of Thirds
      • Guidelines for off centered subjects
      • Used by painters for years
  • 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
    • Emphasize blue de-emphasize gray skies
  • Large Subject
    • Portraits – place the most important element at an intersecting point
  • Moving Subject
    • Leave space for the subject to move into
  • Low Light Sports Photography
    • It’s hard to get right
    • Experiment
    • Try your Flash
    • Shutter Speed
    • ISO
  • Left to Right
    • Western cultures read left to right
  • Intentionally Breaking the Rules
    • As long as there is balance
  • Foreground Frames
    • Avoid too much empty space in landscape and architectural photography
    • Object should not be too large
    • Not too dark – will look like a silhouette
    • Try shooting with a flash
  • Foreground Frames
  • Foreground Frames
  • Fill the Frame
    • “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you're not close enough”
  • Working with Lines
    • Lead the viewer into the photo
    • Three types have different impact
      • Horizontal
      • Vertical
      • Diagonal
  • Horizontal Lines
    • convey a message of stability
    create a rhythm or patterns
  • Vertical Lines
    • convey a message of strength and growth
    Patterns have great impact
  • Diagonal Lines
    • Suggest point of interest
    Patterns have great impact
  • Leading Lines
    • Find an element that leads the viewer’s eye into the image – from left to right
      • Road
      • Curve of water way
      • Series of fishing boats
  • Rule of Thirds and Lines Lucas Novak, 2008 http://lukasimage.com
  • Use Shutter Speed to your Advantage
  • Use Shutter Speed to your Advantage