Photography Compositional Tools


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This PowerPoint is loaded with explanations and tons of examples to help students understand the Rules of Composition for Photography. I believe in showing students as many examples as possible to help them better understand what they are expected to recreate in their own photos.

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Photography Compositional Tools

  1. 1. Compositional Tools<br />How to put together amazing photos<br />
  2. 2. What are Compositional Tools?<br />Rules or ideas you use to assemble your photographs<br />This does not mean they are posed by you, the photographer<br />Instead you must learn to see these elements/tools through your lens and use them to our advantage!<br />
  3. 3. Rule of Thirds<br />Think of putting a tic-tac-toe board on your photos<br />Place your subject on intersection points<br />Visually interesting when subject isn’t centered<br />
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  6. 6. Leading Lines<br />Using natural lines to draw viewers eye to subject<br />The lines should lead viewer right to the subject or main object in your photo<br />
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  9. 9. Dominant ForegroundContributing Background<br />Main subject is in the Foreground and that is where the viewers eye goes first<br />Secondary subject/content in the background contributes to the meaning or understanding of the photo<br />
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  12. 12. Pattern & Repetition<br />Look for repeating patterns and use them to your advantage<br />Filling the frame with repeating objects can be visually interesting<br />
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  15. 15. Breaking Pattern<br />Also look for places where your subject breaks up the pattern<br />Viewers eye will automatically go to the subject because it is different from the pattern<br />
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  18. 18. Selective Focus<br />Make your subject in focus, and the background blurry<br />This will draw the readers attention to your subject first<br />
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  21. 21. Balance<br />Not Symmetry, images don’t have to be exactly the same on both sides<br />Have secondary subject to balance out main subject<br />Not just subject on one side and empty space on the other<br />
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  23. 23. Framing<br />Using other elements in the photo to frame your subject naturally<br />This will help draw the viewers eye to your subject<br />
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  26. 26. Blur<br />Blur is a good way of showing action or motion<br />Subject is blurry<br />Everything else is in focus<br />
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  29. 29. Panning<br />Another good way to show action<br />Focus on and follow your subject as they move<br />you must be moving or following them with your lens<br />Subject will be in focus<br />Everything else will be blurry<br />