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This PowerPoint is loaded with explanations and tons of examples to help students understand the Rules of Composition for Photography. I believe in showing students as many examples as possible to …

This PowerPoint is loaded with explanations and tons of examples to help students understand the Rules of Composition for Photography. I believe in showing students as many examples as possible to help them better understand what they are expected to recreate in their own photos.

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  • 1. Compositional Tools
    How to put together amazing photos
  • 2. What are Compositional Tools?
    Rules or ideas you use to assemble your photographs
    This does not mean they are posed by you, the photographer
    Instead you must learn to see these elements/tools through your lens and use them to our advantage!
  • 3. Rule of Thirds
    Think of putting a tic-tac-toe board on your photos
    Place your subject on intersection points
    Visually interesting when subject isn’t centered
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  • 6. Leading Lines
    Using natural lines to draw viewers eye to subject
    The lines should lead viewer right to the subject or main object in your photo
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  • 9. Dominant ForegroundContributing Background
    Main subject is in the Foreground and that is where the viewers eye goes first
    Secondary subject/content in the background contributes to the meaning or understanding of the photo
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  • 12. Pattern & Repetition
    Look for repeating patterns and use them to your advantage
    Filling the frame with repeating objects can be visually interesting
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  • 15. Breaking Pattern
    Also look for places where your subject breaks up the pattern
    Viewers eye will automatically go to the subject because it is different from the pattern
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  • 18. Selective Focus
    Make your subject in focus, and the background blurry
    This will draw the readers attention to your subject first
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  • 21. Balance
    Not Symmetry, images don’t have to be exactly the same on both sides
    Have secondary subject to balance out main subject
    Not just subject on one side and empty space on the other
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  • 23. Framing
    Using other elements in the photo to frame your subject naturally
    This will help draw the viewers eye to your subject
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  • 26. Blur
    Blur is a good way of showing action or motion
    Subject is blurry
    Everything else is in focus
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  • 29. Panning
    Another good way to show action
    Focus on and follow your subject as they move
    you must be moving or following them with your lens
    Subject will be in focus
    Everything else will be blurry