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photo basic revision

A brief overview of some of the "basic rules" in photographic composition. Created for a year 9 IB class when I was asked to appear as a guest lecturer.

Travis Cote

on 21 May 2012

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Transcript of photo basic revision

What is composition?
The act of combining parts or elements to form a whole

This simply means how your image is put together
The first impression from a photograph is
determined by the compositional balance
of an image.
#2. Leading Lines = diagonal, horizontal, vertical
A simple, 4-line grid which is based on the fact that the human eye is naturally attracted to a point about 2/3 of the way into a photograph.

The grid creates 4 main points where the 4 lines

Try to frame your photos with the main
subject(s) located within or around these 4 points.
How do you take a good photo?
the use of naturally-occuring lines in any given scene to help draw the viewer`s eye to your main subject(s).

The priority for a photographer is to capture and hold a viewer`s eye.

This can be achieved by looking for lines (not always straight lines!) that help "pull" your viewer`s attention to your intended subject(s).
The "rules" for putting a photo together...

Not really rules, they are more
like guidelines you can follow
to take a better picture.
#1. The Rule of Thirds
#3. Light & Lighting
Simply this: as a rule, try to
always position yourself (the
photographer) between your
subject(s) & the light source.
#4. Framing
The objective is to frame your center of interest with objects in the foreground. This will give the image "depth" and scale and, depending on what you choose to include as your "frame", it can add an unspoken (yet related) element to your photo.

In nature photography they are very common. They can be objects such as low-hanging tree branches along the top; they could be a row of flowers along the bottom of an image.

Photographers use this technique to force the viewer/audience to look at their main, intended subject.
#5 Color
This is not really a rule or a guideline, but rather
a "trick" to attract your audience`s attention.

In photographs, reds and oranges really stand out.
Our eyes are attracted to reds because of their

If you can capture a scene with a bit of red in it,
either in your main subject or positioned along
a leading line, you will have an easier time
"pulling" your viewer in.
Rule of Thirds
Leading Lines
Light & Lighting
Thank you,
good luck,
keep your
eyes open and
take lots of
A good photograph is basically 2 things:

1. Subjective - your personal taste
2. Objective - rules or guidelines; you can control
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