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Photography: 1 - Composition

Photography: 1 - Composition



A quick guide to composing your photos

A quick guide to composing your photos



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    Photography: 1 - Composition Photography: 1 - Composition Presentation Transcript

    • Rule of Thirds Patterns Framing
    •  Composition is simply learning to ‘see’ photographs in the world around you  Luckily there are a few rules of thumb to help you…
    •  This requires that you imagine a noughts & crosses board in your viewfinder…
    •  You use some (or all) of the four intersection point to compose your photo…
    •  Or use them to centre your image…
    •  Or to link separate objects
    •  Why it works… …nobody looks at the edges of photos!
    •  It works as a good place to put the horizon in landscapes…
    •  Or even at the bottom…
    •  A few more examples from the web…
    •  And the best thing is… it works perfectly when taking portrait photos!
    •  See if your camera has the option to display a Rules of Third grid in the viewfinder
    •  Individually or as pairs, have a stroll around the building and take at least three photos each that use the Rule of Thirds…  We’ll look at them as a group when you get back
    •  The Rule of Thirds is probably the most used method of composition, but there are many others.  Let’s look at two of them:  - Pattern  - Framing
    •  The world is full of patterns. Some natural, some man-made. Photography lets you isolate them and can make for some interesting images:
    •  Patterns can often be found by looking at places from different viewpoints…
    •  And a few off the web…
    •  Framing is a method which uses one object in a photo to frame – and draw attention to - another:
    •  A frame can be almost anything…
    •  Here’s a photo from the web that uses framing, pattern and Rule of Thirds…
    •  If you haven’t already done so, send Mike an email so he can invite you to the group’s Flickr account… mancatdesign@gmail.com  …if you need to, sign up to Flickr
    •  Take as many photos as you like, then upload your two best Pattern and two best Framing photos to Flickr. Add a brief comment to each of your photos.  Look at the photos from other students and add (nice!) comments.
    • >>> END<<<