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Basic elements of photographic composition

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