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Composition http://asp.photo.free.fr/Composition/photoProgramCompClass01.shtml http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/digital-photography-composition-tips/ Slide 2 What Makes a Good Photo? Slide 3 Why? Slide 4 Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 Slide 8 Slide 9 Slide 10 Slide 11 What makes a great photo? ? ????? Slide 12 5 Basic Guidelines Fill the Frame Simplicity The Rule of Thirds Point of View Framing Slide 13 Fill the Frame Empty spaces can be used effectively. But shots that are filled with interest are more pleasing. Slide 14 Get in Close ! Slide 15 Fill the Frame Slide 16 Simplicity Give the center of interest the most visual attention. Your reason for taking the picture should be clearly seen. Arrange in such a way as to complement the center of interest Complicated backgrounds will steal attention from subjects. Slide 17 Keep It Simple Slide 18 Slide 19 Slide 20 Rule of Thirds Break an image down into thirds horizontally and vertically. This grid identifies four important parts of the image that contain points of interest. Slide 21 Slide 22 How Could This Picture Be Improved? Slide 23 Slide 24 Rule of Thirds Peoples eyes naturally go to intersecting points rather than the center of a shot. Using the rule of thirds enables a viewer to interact naturally. Slide 25 Rule of Thirds and Room to Move A moving subject naturally leads the eye in the direction of motion. The space in front of a moving subject is active space. Active space helps create balance, drama and anticipation in your shot. Slide 26 How Could This Picture Be Improved? Slide 27 Improvements Slide 28 Point of View Changing an angle can impact the feeling of the size of your subject. A variety of perspectives is only limited by your imagination. Different perspectives can reveal more light, shade and patterns. Slide 29 Point of View Before After Slide 30 Point of View Before After Slide 31 Point of View Before After Slide 32 Slide 33 Slide 34 Slide 35 Slide 36 Framing Framing is the technique of drawing attention to the subject of an image by blocking other parts of the image with something in the scene. Slide 37 Framing Benefits 1. Gives the photo context 2. A sense of depth and layers 3. Leads the eye toward your main focal point 4. Intrigues your viewer Slide 38 Slide 39 Slide 40 Slide 41 More to Consider Lines Geometric Shapes Balance Mergers Slide 42 What Makes This a Good Photo? Slide 43 Diagonal lines can be a very effective way of drawing the eye to a focal point. Lines Converging lines can be just as effective. Slide 44 Powerful Guidelines Slide 45 Repetitive Lines Draw Viewers' Attention to the Center of Interest. Slide 46 S-curve ! The lines can be the shape of a path, a line of trees, a fence, river or any other feature in an image. Slide 47 What Geometric Shape (S) Do You See Here? Slide 48 Triangles Positioning subject matter on points of a shape help create a balanced composition. Of the most common and easiest way to do this is to use a triangle shape. Slide 49 Unbalanced ? Slide 50 Better Balance Slide 51 What Is Wrong With This Picture? Slide 52 Mergers A common mistake is for some background element to interfere with the composition. Often photographers focus on just the subject and become "blind" to the rest of the viewfinder. Improvement Slide 53 Composition Student Examples Slide 54 What an Example of A Work Looks Like Slide 55 What B Work Looks Like Good use of the rule of thirds. Too much empty space in the foreground. Slide 56 Better !!! Slide 57 What NOT to Do! Too much unneeded space. Not very interesting! Colors arent vibrant. Slide 58 Again !!! Does not have a focus. It may look good with your eyes but sometimes what you see is very difficult to capture with the camera be careful of this. Slide 59 Ten Commands Hold thy camera steady Shoot many shots Get close to thy subject and fill frame Frame your subject Make thy photos say something Slide 60 Ten Commands Use available light correctly Capture thy subjects face with emotion Keep it simple Explore different perspectives and at different distances Use thy rule of thirds