Photography: 1 - Composition

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A quick guide to composing your photos

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Photography: 1 - Composition

  1. 1. Rule of Thirds Patterns Framing
  2. 2.  Composition is simply learning to ‘see’ photographs in the world around you  Luckily there are a few rules of thumb to help you…
  3. 3.  This requires that you imagine a noughts & crosses board in your viewfinder…
  4. 4.  You use some (or all) of the four intersection point to compose your photo…
  5. 5.  Or use them to centre your image…
  6. 6.  Or to link separate objects
  7. 7.  Why it works… …nobody looks at the edges of photos!
  8. 8.  It works as a good place to put the horizon in landscapes…
  9. 9.  Or even at the bottom…
  10. 10.  A few more examples from the web…
  11. 11.  And the best thing is… it works perfectly when taking portrait photos!
  12. 12.  See if your camera has the option to display a Rules of Third grid in the viewfinder
  13. 13.  Individually or as pairs, have a stroll around the building and take at least three photos each that use the Rule of Thirds…  We’ll look at them as a group when you get back
  14. 14. >>> VIEW STUDENT PHOTOS <<<
  15. 15.  The Rule of Thirds is probably the most used method of composition, but there are many others.  Let’s look at two of them:  - Pattern  - Framing
  16. 16.  The world is full of patterns. Some natural, some man-made. Photography lets you isolate them and can make for some interesting images:
  17. 17.  Patterns can often be found by looking at places from different viewpoints…
  18. 18.  And a few off the web…
  19. 19.  Framing is a method which uses one object in a photo to frame – and draw attention to - another:
  20. 20.  A frame can be almost anything…
  21. 21.  Here’s a photo from the web that uses framing, pattern and Rule of Thirds…
  22. 22.  If you haven’t already done so, send Mike an email so he can invite you to the group’s Flickr account… mancatdesign@gmail.com  …if you need to, sign up to Flickr
  23. 23.  Take as many photos as you like, then upload your two best Pattern and two best Framing photos to Flickr. Add a brief comment to each of your photos.  Look at the photos from other students and add (nice!) comments.
  24. 24. >>> END<<<

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