Composition Think about where the people and the things in your photograph are placed. Things to consider: – How many people or things do you want in your photograph? – Do you want the people or things close together or to have space between them? The Steerage Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) Metmuseum.org
Exposure The amount of light exposed on your photograph
Background and Subject The background is anything in the picture behind the subject. The subject is the person, people, or things that are the main focus of your picture. Make sure the background is how you want it to be before taking your picture and consider moving things around or changing your location…unless you plan to change this later while editing. In this picture the person and his hand are the main subject and the desks, classroom, and other students are the background.
Face vs. Back Faces tell stories; backs tell nothing
Feeling, Mood, Emotion Think about what feeling, mood, or emotion you want to be shown in the photograph. Do you want the items and people in your photograph to seem: – happy – serious or sad – casual/relaxed – formal/posed Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California Dorothea Lange Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) MoMa.org