Take
 Better
Pictures
Take
 Better
Pictures
~Composition~
“Good composition
is the strongest way
of seeing.”
            Edward Weston
RULE OF THIRDS
Comes from painting and graphic arts. Used as
a guide for positioning key elements in a frame.
RULE OF THIRDS
Place important elements at the intersection points,
RULE OF THIRDS
Place important elements at the intersection points,
RULE OF THIRDS
Place important elements at the intersection points,
RULE OF THIRDS
Place important elements at the intersection points,
RULE OF THIRDS
Place important elements at the intersection points,
RULE OF THIRDS
or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
RULE OF THIRDS
or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
RULE OF THIRDS
or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
RULE OF THIRDS
or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
RULE OF THIRDS
or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
RULE OF THIRDS
Try to avoid placing your subject in the middle.
RULE OF THIRDS
Try to avoid placing your subject in the middle.




                    X
RULE OF THIRDS
RULE OF THIRDS
RULE OF THIRDS
RULE OF THIRDS
RULE OF
  THIRDS
 also works
for verticals
RULE OF
  THIRDS
 also works
for verticals
FILL THE FRAME
FILL THE FRAME
FILL THE FRAME
FILL THE FRAME
FILL THE FRAME
FILL THE FRAME
FILL THE FRAME
SIMPLICITY
SIMPLICITY
SIMPLICITY
SIMPLICITY
SIMPLICITY
FRAMING
FRAMING
FRAMING
S-CURVE
S-CURVE
LEADING
   LINES
LEADING
   LINES
LEADING
   LINES
LEADING
   LINES
LEADING LINES
LEADING
   LINES
LEADING LINES
LEADING LINES
LEADING LINES
ANGLES
ANGLES
ANGLES
ANGLES
ANGLES
ANGLES
POINT of VIEW
POINT of VIEW
POINT of VIEW
POINT
of VIEW
POINT
of VIEW
POINT
of VIEW
POINT
of VIEW
SUMMARY
Composition
Composition
‣   Rule of Thirds
Composition
‣ Rule of Thirds
‣ Fill the Frame
Composition
‣ Rule of Thirds
‣ Fill the Frame
‣ Simplicity
Composition
‣ Rule of Thirds
‣ Fill the Frame
‣ Simplicity
‣ Framing
Composition
Composition
‣   S Curve
Composition
‣ S Curve
‣ Leading Lines
Composition
‣ S Curve
‣ Leading Lines
‣ Angles
Composition
‣ S Curve
‣ Leading Lines
‣ Angles
‣ Point of View
Are these rules?
•   Compositional elements
    are not hard and fast rules
•   It is sometimes okay to
    put things in ...
There are more!
•   These are not the only
    compositional elements
•   You may also wish to
    research: symmetry, bal...
About Marlene Hielema
Marlene Hielema is a photographer
and educator in Calgary, Alberta.
She teaches photography at SAIT,...
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Imagemaven Composition 2009

  1. 1. Take Better Pictures
  2. 2. Take Better Pictures ~Composition~
  3. 3. “Good composition is the strongest way of seeing.” Edward Weston
  4. 4. RULE OF THIRDS Comes from painting and graphic arts. Used as a guide for positioning key elements in a frame.
  5. 5. RULE OF THIRDS Place important elements at the intersection points,
  6. 6. RULE OF THIRDS Place important elements at the intersection points,
  7. 7. RULE OF THIRDS Place important elements at the intersection points,
  8. 8. RULE OF THIRDS Place important elements at the intersection points,
  9. 9. RULE OF THIRDS Place important elements at the intersection points,
  10. 10. RULE OF THIRDS or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
  11. 11. RULE OF THIRDS or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
  12. 12. RULE OF THIRDS or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
  13. 13. RULE OF THIRDS or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
  14. 14. RULE OF THIRDS or along the sides, top and bottom of the grid.
  15. 15. RULE OF THIRDS Try to avoid placing your subject in the middle.
  16. 16. RULE OF THIRDS Try to avoid placing your subject in the middle. X
  17. 17. RULE OF THIRDS
  18. 18. RULE OF THIRDS
  19. 19. RULE OF THIRDS
  20. 20. RULE OF THIRDS
  21. 21. RULE OF THIRDS also works for verticals
  22. 22. RULE OF THIRDS also works for verticals
  23. 23. FILL THE FRAME
  24. 24. FILL THE FRAME
  25. 25. FILL THE FRAME
  26. 26. FILL THE FRAME
  27. 27. FILL THE FRAME
  28. 28. FILL THE FRAME
  29. 29. FILL THE FRAME
  30. 30. SIMPLICITY
  31. 31. SIMPLICITY
  32. 32. SIMPLICITY
  33. 33. SIMPLICITY
  34. 34. SIMPLICITY
  35. 35. FRAMING
  36. 36. FRAMING
  37. 37. FRAMING
  38. 38. S-CURVE
  39. 39. S-CURVE
  40. 40. LEADING LINES
  41. 41. LEADING LINES
  42. 42. LEADING LINES
  43. 43. LEADING LINES
  44. 44. LEADING LINES
  45. 45. LEADING LINES
  46. 46. LEADING LINES
  47. 47. LEADING LINES
  48. 48. LEADING LINES
  49. 49. ANGLES
  50. 50. ANGLES
  51. 51. ANGLES
  52. 52. ANGLES
  53. 53. ANGLES
  54. 54. ANGLES
  55. 55. POINT of VIEW
  56. 56. POINT of VIEW
  57. 57. POINT of VIEW
  58. 58. POINT of VIEW
  59. 59. POINT of VIEW
  60. 60. POINT of VIEW
  61. 61. POINT of VIEW
  62. 62. SUMMARY
  63. 63. Composition
  64. 64. Composition ‣ Rule of Thirds
  65. 65. Composition ‣ Rule of Thirds ‣ Fill the Frame
  66. 66. Composition ‣ Rule of Thirds ‣ Fill the Frame ‣ Simplicity
  67. 67. Composition ‣ Rule of Thirds ‣ Fill the Frame ‣ Simplicity ‣ Framing
  68. 68. Composition
  69. 69. Composition ‣ S Curve
  70. 70. Composition ‣ S Curve ‣ Leading Lines
  71. 71. Composition ‣ S Curve ‣ Leading Lines ‣ Angles
  72. 72. Composition ‣ S Curve ‣ Leading Lines ‣ Angles ‣ Point of View
  73. 73. Are these rules? • Compositional elements are not hard and fast rules • It is sometimes okay to put things in the centre of your frame, resulting in symmetry
  74. 74. There are more! • These are not the only compositional elements • You may also wish to research: symmetry, balance, transparency, layering, figure ground & colour
  75. 75. About Marlene Hielema Marlene Hielema is a photographer and educator in Calgary, Alberta. She teaches photography at SAIT, plus she designs and delivers seminars on the practical uses of photography in corporate communications.
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