The Rules of Composition - June 2014
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The Rules of Composition - June 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. THE RULES OF COMPOSITION BY PETER HALL
  • 2. “Rules are foolish, arbitrary, mindless things that raise you quickly to a level of acceptable mediocrity, then prevent you from progressing further” The Art of Photography, Bruce Barnbaum
  • 3. “There are no rules for good photographs, only good photographs” Ansel Adams
  • 4. What is composition ? “an arrangement of the parts of a work of art so as to form a unified, harmonious whole” The Art of Photography, Bruce Barnbaum
  • 5. What is your photograph of ? • A thing ?
  • 6. What is your photograph of ? • A place ?
  • 7. What is your photograph of ? • A person ?
  • 8. What is your photograph of ? • An event ?
  • 9. What is your photograph of ? • Nothing at all ?
  • 10. “a good photograph is knowing where to stand” Ansel Adams • Where do I stand ? If you stand where everyone else is, you will take the same photograph • Where do I look ? When everybody is looking up – look down • Which way do I hold my camera ? Still (usually)
  • 11. A contradiction 1 – fill the frame
  • 12. A contradiction 2 – negative space
  • 13. The only unbreakable rule ?
  • 14. The only unbreakable rule ? • Straight horizons !
  • 15. Except when you break it...
  • 16. Oh no, it’s...
  • 17. Oh no, it’s...the rule of thirds
  • 18. Selective focus
  • 19. Lead in lines
  • 20. Lead in lines - direction
  • 21. The S Curve
  • 22. Foreground
  • 23. Framing within the frame
  • 24. Juxtaposition
  • 25. Square
  • 26. Panorama or ‘letter box’
  • 27. Symmetry
  • 28. Diptych
  • 29. Odd numbers (the preference for 3)
  • 30. Repeating patterns
  • 31. Simplicity
  • 32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterphotographic Ignite Images