The Beginnings of Photographic Composition

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The Beginnings of Photographic Composition
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One definition for photographic composition The pleasing selection and arrangement of subjects within the picture area.
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Some arrangements are made by placing figures or objects in certain positions. Others are made by choosing a point of view. You can shift your camera very slightly and make quite a change in composition.
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After you've learned the guidelines, you'll realize that well-composed pictures often take careful planning and sometimes patient waiting. You'll find that composition guidelines will become part of your thinking when you're looking for pictures, and soon second nature to you
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Simplicity The Rule of Thirds Lines Balance Framing Mergers Think of these not as rules but as simple guidelines
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The first and 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
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Think about choosing the cactus as the main subject. By moving in closer and using the plain sky as the background, we have simplified and improved the appearance of this photograph.
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The Photographer is certainly close enough to the subject in both pictures, but the busy background on the left camouflages the seagull. Change your point of view slightly and, your subject stands with visual prominence against the blue sky
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Compose your photograph so that your reason for taking the picture is clearly seen. Arrange other parts of the picture area in such a way as to complement what you choose to be the center of interest. Most people would prefer the picture on the right because the parking lot is a distraction from the subject, also, it tends to contradict the feeling of antiquity related to this mission.
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How much of your subject should you include, and should it be framed horizontally ? Or perhaps you'd prefer to frame your subject in the vertical format, as indicated with the pink frame lines.
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If you want to make your center of interest even more dynamic, place it slightly off center in your frame as the photographer has done with
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2011 for the course PHOTOGRAPH 101 taught by Professor Feeney during the Winter '11 term at Grand Valley State University.

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