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Photo Composition

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George Ouimette

on 28 March 2015

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Transcript of Photo Composition

Photo Composition
The arrangement of the art elements (line, shape ,color, form, value, texture, space, depth and sharpness) to direct the viewer to see the point of the photograph.
Simplicity
Rule of Thirds
Lines
Balance
Framing
Mergers
The first most important guideline is simplicity. Look for ways to give the center of interest in your pictures the most visual attention. One way is to select uncomplicated backgrounds that will not steal attention from your subjects.
A near merger occurs when two objects overlap one another.
A merger happens when a background object is directly in front or behind a subject.
A border merger is apparent when parts of the subject is cut off by the border.
Line is used to direct the viewer’s attention to the main subject in the image. The lines should never point outside of the image otherwise the viewer’s eye will leave the image. If a line(s) are interesting enough, they can become the main subject in the image.
Symmetrical shot (one with the subject dead center) will be the same on each side of that division.
Asymmetrical shot (one with the subject off centre) will be different on each side of that division.


Radial shot (one where the subject radiates out from the center)

There are 3 types of balance to consider when shooting a photo.
Symmetrical
Asymmetrical
Radial
Framing is simply using other objects in your photograph to frame the main subject. This is probably one of the easier composition techniques in photography. Framing brings more depth to the picture and a better focus on what the main subject is.
Rule of Thirds refers to an imaginary grid drawn across a photo area that breaks the image into nine equal squares. The best focal point for subjects is at the intersection of these lines with secondary emphasis being seen along the lines themselves.
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