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Composing Good Photographs Marc Levoy Computer Science Department Stanford University CS 178, Spring 2010
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“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” - Ansel Adams
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! Marc Levoy Outline ! the pictorial elements of photography, i.e. the design in the 2D picture frame line and form pattern and texture tone and color ! pictorial design symmetry and balance framing common compositions ! things we won’t talk about today - situation, storyline, viewpoint, Feld of view, focus, lighting, exposure, color balance, post-processing 3
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! Marc Levoy Learning good composition ! there are no rules there are only tools and heuristics ! like describing wine with words, they don’t mean much they merely give us a framework for thinking about issues ! the best way to learn is to take lots of pictures think about the issues as you take them critique your photographs, and have others critique them ! look at good photographs by others most useful if you’ve also tried the same thing yourself 4
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! Marc Levoy Lines as a pictorial element 5 Ansel Adams, Aspens, 1958
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! Marc Levoy Arrangement of lines 6 (Freeman Patterson)
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! Marc Levoy Lines as a decorative element 7 (Howard@photodelusions.wordpress.com)
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! Marc Levoy Lines that lead your eye to the subject 8 Hiromu Kira, The Thinker, 1930 (London)
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! Marc Levoy Lines that lead your eye to the subject 9 (Bryan Peterson) the lines don’t need to be man- made, or smooth
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Raphael, Galatea, 1513 (Gardner)
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! Marc Levoy Form - lines with meaning 11 (Bryan Peterson) frst shot second shot
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! Marc Levoy Form - lines with meaning 12 Edward Weston, Pepper No. 30, 1930
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Georgia O’Keeffe, Grey Line, 1923
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! Marc Levoy Shape - readily identifable Form 14 (Bryan Peterson) backlighting draws attention to shape
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! Marc Levoy Shape - readily identifable Form 15
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! Marc Levoy Pattern - repeated forms 16 (Bryan Peterson) Frst shot second shot
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! Marc Levoy Pattern - repeated forms 17 Abhaneri Stepwell, Rajasthan, India
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Frederick Evans, The Sea of Steps - Wells Cathedral, 1903
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! Marc Levoy Rhythm - a looser kind of pattern 20 (Freeman Paterson)
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