2 What is Photo Composition? Photo composition is an interesting arrangement of visual elements.Photo composition shows an understanding of artistic decisions while looking through the viewfinder and deciding when and how to take the shot.Professional way to look at and capture the world around us.
3 Why think composition before you take the picture? Snap shots are just that- no thinking involved.Is it interesting to look at…is the focal point in an interesting part of the picture?Move around your subject to get different vantage points and choose the best.Physically zoom in and out from your subject.SEE everything in your viewfinder and if possible, eliminate distracting elements in your photo.
4 Aperture: Depth of Field Shutter Speed: Motion Technical EffectsAperture: Depth of FieldShutter Speed: Motion
5 The area of focus in front of and behind your subject. *Aperture* Depth of FieldThe area of focus in front of and behind your subject.*Aperture*
6 Shallow Depth of FieldAchieved by having the aperture set to a larger opening. The smaller the f-stop number,(f/2.8) the shallower the depth of field.
7 What is a shallow depth of field? It is a way to show the main idea or focal point in focus and the foreground and/or background blurred.This shows off the emphasis and simplifies distractions.
16 Blurred Motion Slower shutter speeds will blur, or record motion. Shutter speed will have to be 30, or 1/30 of a second and below to record motion.Remember – shutter speeds below 1/60 need a tri-pod!Has an interesting effect on water – makes it appear soft and flowing.
18 Composition DesignThis is the visual arrangement chosen by the photographer (YOU).There are compositional strategies or guidelines used by professional photographers.Rule of ThirdsLeading LinesFramingDifferent Perspective (Angles)
19 Rule of ThirdsDividing the picture into thirds horizontally and vertically to avoid placing the focal point in the center.
21 Rule of Thirds Photos Right or Left 1/3, Top or Bottom 1/3
22 Leading LinesLines in nature that are man-made or natural that lead the eye through the composition.Helps to show movement – your eye follows the line…To a focal pointAround a bendOff the pageInto the distance
25 The frame can be natural (ex. branches) or man-made (ex. window) What is Framing?A "frame" in a photograph is something in the foreground that leads you into the picture.The frame can be natural (ex. branches) or man-made (ex. window)Framing gives you a sense of where the viewer is, and borders the area of interest.
29 What is a Worm’s Eye view? A worm’s eye view is an angle where you are looking up!…or what a worm would see!Make the photo more interesting to view- give it a new perspective.Can make things appear out of proportion or larger than life.