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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 (egolub@acm.org) 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 photographs 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 (egolub@acm.org) 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 (egolub@acm.org) 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 (egolub@acm.org) riginal Image otes 2005-2011 : Evan Golub (egolub@acm.org) ropped Version otes 2005-2011 : Evan Golub (egolub@acm.org) ropped Version (Rule of Thirds lines) otes 2005-2011 : Evan Golub (egolub@acm.org) 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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