This section will deal with some basic design aspects that all contribute to the
message you build into your final composition. The media you utilize to
manipulate through whatever medium can be reinforced by rules and tricks of
photography, art, even drafting. Some of what you are attempting to do is
trick your viewer in one way or another, even if it is to simply get their
Fundamentals of photography and/or videography play
such an important role in the message you transcend through your imagery. To get
started, often we find ourselves having trouble
knowing what to shoot, or to how to shoot our subject. It doesn't matter how
a composition is being developed, whether it is hand drawn, digitally generated
in Photoshop or by a photo shoot. Media composition tactics can all be governed
by similar rules.
Composition Principles, one can better capture
attention and lure their focus on your subject. Simply experimenting and
playing with the
will alter the reaction of the viewer. When creating images, you should
create-photos-with-impact-by-composing-with-purpose/, that is to be
Shooting With Intent.
Basic Rules to Pump-up Your Composition
Make use of the Rule of Thirds which utilizes 2
imaginary vertical lines and 2 imaginary horizontal lines to section your
composition into 9 equal units. Some cameras have the option to view actual
gridlines in your view finder. More natural results with the rule of1/3's, the
result is not so manufactured. This rule makes it easy to remember to
Give Your Subject Space to Look Into
In an action shot it you would
leave Lead room, more space on the screen in the direction of the
action so that it appears there is a place to go.
Horizons in scenes are generally shot at the top 1/3 Horizontal
line of the frame. Of course, as we all know; "rules
are meant to be broken." Maybe we should say that there are always
exceptions, so sometimes we might want to
Break the Rule of Thirds
(team photos) or find
An Alternative Rule-of-Thirds.
The SLR Camera Simulator
<<<"Click" on the button here and experiment with
the photography simulators to better acquaint yourself with DSLR camera
If colour didn't
matter, why were bad guys in old movies always portrayed in black, while
good guys in white? Gold and purple represents royalty, purple is also
the color of Easter. Why is black associated with death and mourning?
Actually, that depends on where you are from. In the Orient, white is
the colour of mourning.
One of the principles behind using colour in photography is that
using contrasting colours. text without contrast maybe hard to read
The most important thing about your photograph is light and color. Contrasting
tones and shades create a dramatic impact.
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So for example; in this color wheel, 11 & 5 would provide maximum contrast, 1 &
7 are also at opposite spectrums, and so on.
Using Colour Boldly can provide some excitement to your composition.
intermediate colors as well as Prime colours.
the following by writing the corresponding numbers for each color
you believe represent the correct result:
1.]_________ In the wheel
above, which colors are warm colors?
2.]_________ Which colors in the wheel would be considered cool colors?
3.]_________ What colors are considered neutral colors?
1) Explain how color, even in
the mating above, can set the
2) Give 3 examples of color
3) What is the difference
between movement and rhythm?
4) Is emphasis and unity
1) "The rule of
Thirds" uses _(how many)_ lines to break your view
into _(how many)_ sections.
2) When applying
the rule of thirds what are the 2 most important questions to consider?
3) Give 2
situations when you might want to break the rule of thirds.
4) Of the 8
basic principles of composition, identify 3 that are not
highlighted on this page.
5) What are
some ways to add depth to an image?
6) How might,
where you take your shot, affect your composition?
3. This principle is important
in both colour and monocrome
5. measures the sensitivity of
the camera image sensor
7. another name for black and
8. camera opening time measured
in fractions of a second
9. the third dimension that we
try to trick the viewer in
1. the opening in the camera
2. where you take your shot
greatly effects this
3. This choice can affect your
message because of what meaning
is culturally associated with it
4. Always use this for shutter
speeds less than 1/60 sec
6. "The Rule of Thirds" must be
broken to produce this
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