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WHAT IS COMPOSITION? A pleasing arrangement of visual elements in an image A way to draw the viewer’s eye to the elements of an image that are of most importance.
Composition The key is to remember that in the same way as a chef rarely uses all of the ingredients at their disposal in any dish – that a photographer rarely uses all of the ingredients if composition in the making of an image.’ They are not rules…just things to consider when setting up a shot.
Composition What do you choose to include in an image, and what do you leave out? What you choose to include should in some way add meaning to the image. If an element does not add any meaning to an image, or is distracting, then you should find a way to compose the image so as to eliminate in from the image.
Simplicity Keeping photos simple is a great way of making sure that the viewer will know what your photo is about. cosmic rough riders:to be someone by Lali Masriera Untitled by sympathy
Simplicity Look for uncomplicated backgrounds and try to focus on keeping objects out of the picture that may draw attention away from your subject. Tres son multitud... by Miguel Angel
Contrast in subject matter Simon Norfolk Former Teahouse at the Afghan Exhibition of Economic and Social Achievements, 2001 Balloons were banned during the Taliban reign
FRAMING AND SUBJECT PLACEMENT How you choose to divide your frame and where you choose to place your subject can have and impact on not only the strength of your composition, but also on the meaning of your photograph. Equal distribution of visual weight creates balance symmetrically or asymmetrically.
Symmetry Depending upon the scene, symmetry can lead to a striking image with a good point of interest…without it, it can be a bit predictable.
Rule of thirds We tend to put our subject in the center of the frame, but it is not always the most interesting composition. If we put our subject off center, we can include other elements in our photo, and made the image more interesting. Where should I put my subject? Imagine that there is a tic tac toe board on your image. The most interesting places to put your subject are on the places where the lines intersect.
Achieving balance with geometry By positioning key aspects of your image on points of a geometric shape you can help create a balanced composition. Perhaps the most common and easiest way to do this is to use a triangle shape…
Informative Internal Framing Choosing what you frame your subject with can impart meaning into your photograph.
Informative internal framing In this image, the family is internally framed by the door of the car. This serves not only as a visual compositional element, but also serves to provide emotional impact.
What elements of composition are used in this photograph?
HOW DO I ACHIEVE GOOD COMPOSITION? Work the same object multiple different ways. Look for line, shape, texture, angle, framing, etc in the same object. If 50 people photographed the same object, you would have 50 different photos, because everyone sees the world differently.