INTRODUCTION TO  PHOTOGRAPHY
COMPOSITION
What is Composition?It is a way to LAY OUT ELEMENTS in your photograph that will give itgreater aesthetic appeal.It helps ...
What makes aGood Composition?   Has a Point of Interest   Observes the Rule of Thirds   Includes Visual Elements
Point of InterestAlways have a Point of Interest. The ONE key element you want your viewers to focus on.
No Point of InterestWhere do you look first? Lack of Point of Interest weakens your photograph
Rule of ThirdsVisualise dividing your picture a grid of 3 spaces across and 3 below. By placing yourPoint of Interest with...
Rule of Thirds
Rule of Thirds
Rule of Thirds
Visual ElementsVisual elements help make your composition stronger.Visual elements include:               Lines         Pe...
LinesLines help lead your viewers eye through the photograph
Perspective      Play with perspective by either going lower      than eye level or higher than head level to      create ...
TextureTextures such as rust, wood or concrete can help convey your message to theviewer.
PatternsRepeating patterns can make for interesting composition.
ColourStrong colours are a very useful composition tool.
ReflectionsHighly reflective building facades or water puddles are great sources for reflections.
TonesTone can be used as a visual element in composition. Tone is when there is a goodrange of highlights and shadow.
ContrastContrast can be about highlights/shadows, bright/dark or even old/new shown withinan image, side by side
SpeedSuggest speed by using good support and a slow shutter speed. Or freeze your subject inmid motion through good timing...
ScaleUse objects such as buildings to lend a sense of scale and give viewers an idea of thesize.
FramingBy framing your Point of Interest, all the attention is concentrated on the main part ofthe picture.
Putting it TogetherNote Perspective Lines that lead your eye to the framed Point of Interest ofEdinburgh Castle, placed al...
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. 2. COMPOSITION
  3. 3. What is Composition?It is a way to LAY OUT ELEMENTS in your photograph that will give itgreater aesthetic appeal.It helps you & your photograph to “tell a story” to your viewers.It conveys your intended meaning to your viewers.A composition that conveys a photographersintended meaning is an effective one. One that doesntor that confuses the viewer is not.
  4. 4. What makes aGood Composition? Has a Point of Interest Observes the Rule of Thirds Includes Visual Elements
  5. 5. Point of InterestAlways have a Point of Interest. The ONE key element you want your viewers to focus on.
  6. 6. No Point of InterestWhere do you look first? Lack of Point of Interest weakens your photograph
  7. 7. Rule of ThirdsVisualise dividing your picture a grid of 3 spaces across and 3 below. By placing yourPoint of Interest within the intersecting points or along the grid lines, you areobserving the rule of thirds.
  8. 8. Rule of Thirds
  9. 9. Rule of Thirds
  10. 10. Rule of Thirds
  11. 11. Visual ElementsVisual elements help make your composition stronger.Visual elements include: Lines Perspective Texture Patterns Colour Reflections Tones Contrast Speed Scale Framing
  12. 12. LinesLines help lead your viewers eye through the photograph
  13. 13. Perspective Play with perspective by either going lower than eye level or higher than head level to create interesting compositions
  14. 14. TextureTextures such as rust, wood or concrete can help convey your message to theviewer.
  15. 15. PatternsRepeating patterns can make for interesting composition.
  16. 16. ColourStrong colours are a very useful composition tool.
  17. 17. ReflectionsHighly reflective building facades or water puddles are great sources for reflections.
  18. 18. TonesTone can be used as a visual element in composition. Tone is when there is a goodrange of highlights and shadow.
  19. 19. ContrastContrast can be about highlights/shadows, bright/dark or even old/new shown withinan image, side by side
  20. 20. SpeedSuggest speed by using good support and a slow shutter speed. Or freeze your subject inmid motion through good timing & lots of practise!
  21. 21. ScaleUse objects such as buildings to lend a sense of scale and give viewers an idea of thesize.
  22. 22. FramingBy framing your Point of Interest, all the attention is concentrated on the main part ofthe picture.
  23. 23. Putting it TogetherNote Perspective Lines that lead your eye to the framed Point of Interest ofEdinburgh Castle, placed along the top 1/3 of the frame
  24. 24. The End

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