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Unformatted text preview: Honors 208W Fall 2011 Composition Rules Nautilus shell viewed in PhotoCropr- Image from http://community.webshots.com/photo/39638452/39646225iPkxha There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.- Ansel Adams otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) hat is the “Composition” of a photo? The short version is that the composition of a photograph is the way in which visual elements are arranged. I also consider things such as focus and contrast as part of the composition. Some things that can contribute to a photograph’s composition: – The framing of the shot. – The placement of the visual elements. – The careful selection of the depth of field. – The contrast between different elements. otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) hat makes for “good” composition? I often think of the goal of composition as getting the user to look where you want them to look. Strong natural lines can be used as an important component in accomplishing this. Different stories require different composition. – Is lower contrast going to convey a more serene feel? – Does keeping everything in focus contribute to the sense of crowdedness? otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) he “Rule of Thirds” A common composition guideline is the “Rule of Thirds” in which you mentally divide the image into thirds horizontally and vertically (very much like a Tic-Tac-Toe board) and then try to do something such as: – Place the object of interest on one of the crosshairs. – Place the horizon on one of the two horizontal lines. – Place the edge of a building on one of the two vertical lines. otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) riginal Image otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) ropped Version otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) ropped Version (Rule of Thirds lines) otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) he “Golden Numbers” • The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians all appear to have had a recurring set of aesthetic guidelines that seem influenced by the Golden Number....
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course HONR 208W taught by Professor Golub during the Fall '11 term at Maryland.

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