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

  • THE RULES OF COMPOSITION BY PETER HALL
  • “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
  • “There are no rules for good photographs, only good photographs” Ansel Adams View slide
  • 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 View slide
  • What is your photograph of ? • A thing ?
  • What is your photograph of ? • A place ?
  • What is your photograph of ? • A person ?
  • What is your photograph of ? • An event ?
  • What is your photograph of ? • Nothing at all ?
  • “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)
  • A contradiction 1 – fill the frame
  • A contradiction 2 – negative space
  • The only unbreakable rule ?
  • The only unbreakable rule ? • Straight horizons !
  • Except when you break it...
  • Oh no, it’s...
  • Oh no, it’s...the rule of thirds
  • Selective focus
  • Lead in lines
  • Lead in lines - direction
  • The S Curve
  • Foreground
  • Framing within the frame
  • Juxtaposition
  • Square
  • Panorama or ‘letter box’
  • Symmetry
  • Diptych
  • Odd numbers (the preference for 3)
  • Repeating patterns
  • Simplicity
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