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Photographic composition


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Photographic composition

  1. 1. Photographic composition
  2. 2. • "There are no rules for good photographs, t here are only good photographs."- Ansel Adams
  3. 3. • Good composition is essential in photography. It allows you to convey messages and emotions• Instead of looking at composition as a set of ‘rules’ to follow – view it as a set of ingredients that can be taken out of the pantry at any point and used to make a great ‘meal’ (photograph).
  4. 4. • Every photo has a Framing foreground and background• Use foreground elements to frame your photos subject
  5. 5. • Some of the most interesting photographs are Angle & taken from a unique angle or perspective. Perspective• Get down to the level of the flowers , climb a tree to take a picture of a meadow!• Look for angles that are interesting and demonstrate the mood and inspiration Ask yourself if the photo youre trying to would look better taken as capture a landscape or portrait
  6. 6. • The positioning of elements in a frame Balance can leave an image feeling balanced or unbalanced.• Too many points of interest in one part of your image can leave it feeling too ‘heavy’ and other parts feeling ‘empty’.• Space is often desirable
  7. 7. • Depth of field can isolate a Depth of Field subject from its background and foreground (when using a shallow depth of field) or it can put the same subject in context by revealing it’s surrounds with a wide depth of field.
  8. 8. • Bright colours can add vibrancy, energy and interest – Colour however in the wrong position they can also distract viewers of an image away from focal points.• Colours also greatly impact ‘mood’. Blues and Greens can have a calming soothing impact, Reds and Yellows can convey vibrancy add energy etc.
  9. 9. Rule of Thirds• Learn the "rule of thirds." As you look through your cameras viewfinder, imagine there are lines dividing the image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, essentially dividing your image into nine equal-shaped blocks. Frame your subject at one of the intersection points instead of in the centre of the viewfinder
  10. 10. • Lines can be powerful elements in an image. Lines• They have the power to draw the eye to key focal points in a shot and to impact the ‘feel’ of an image greatly.• Diagonal, Horizontal, Ve rtical and Converging lines all impact images differently and should be spotted while framing a shot and then utilized to strengthen it.
  11. 11. • Images are two Texture dimensional yet with the use of ‘texture’ they can come alive and become almost three 3D• Texture is best shown when light hits objects at interesting angles.
  12. 12. • There are Pattern patterns all around us if we only learn to see them.• Emphasizing and highlighting these patterns can lead to striking shots – as can high lighting when patterns are broken.