K.Brett - Composing a picture

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A powerpoint to further explain how to compose a good picture using such things as; perspective; format and coverging lines.

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Perspective is simply the angle at which we capture a photo. This technique makes photos look more dynamic; this illusion requires the photographer to use their imagination by the way in which they hold their camera.

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My Images

I took this image from a high angle to capture this feather making it look interesting; the lines on the wall also act as leading lines which create a really effective picture.

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I took this picture from a low angle in order to get a different perspective to make the ordinary – extraordinary. I think this image also demonstrates leading lines as the sides of the steps lead up to the main subject. This image is also simple and doesn’t have a cluttered background.

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Format refers to the way a camera is held either horizontal or vertical (portrait or landscape) both can alter the way a photo appears. Holding a camera vertically can add energy to the picture.

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My Image

I took this image holding my camera in a portrait format, the effect is that the image appears more energetic. The format also makes the image appear interesting and visually stimulating.

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Foreground Interest

This technique can give your image more depth. The term refers to the main subject point being focused on with the background slightly blurred.

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My Image

This image that I took demonstrates foreground interest principles but focuses on the background. This image is also clutter-free following the rules of simplicity and it also follows the rule of thirds as the main subject is in the bottom section.

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Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal Lines.Depending on the lines in your photograph the outcome can become very different.

Vertical and diagonal lines make your picture more dynamic whereas horizontal lines make the image look soft and flat.

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My Images

This photo has slightly-diagonal lines, making the photo look more dynamic. The lines lead you to the main subject. The photo also follows the rule of thirds ( the subject is in the first thirds); there is no clutter in the background which follows the rule of simplicity within the rules of composition.

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This photo illustrates horizontal, diagonal and vertical lines which I believe has made for a unsuccessful picture because it looks quite dull. The leading lines don’t lead to a main subject. I think this picture could be improved with editing software – possibly zooming into an interesting section.

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Focal PointThe focal point is the main subject you are looking at, it’s what you want the viewer to instantly see and concentrate on. This technique is a way of really making your subject stand out you can do this by; using blur; contrasting colours, shapes or making your focal point the biggest subject in the photo.

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My ImagesThis image demonstrates focal point, as the main subject has been focused on and the background is slightly blurred this is has been achieved by using the macro setting on my digital camera. As a result the viewer knows what they are supposed to focus on and it makes the image look visually stimulating.

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I have used the macro setting on my camera in order to achieve this effect. The background (twigs/grass) is slightly blurred, the main focus is on the mushroom. The photo also demonstrates the rule of thirds as the focal point is in the left half and not directly in the centre.

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When composing a picture using a subject that has a pattern makes your picture more interesting and adds depth.

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My ImagesThese trees create a really effective pattern which is visually stimulating to the eye. The consecutive vertical lines also create a leading line of the bases – leading towards the building however the main focus point is actually the trees; creating an interesting effect.

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In this image the trees are different colours which creates a pattern of colour, this photo is also taken from a low angle which changes the perspective, making the image look appealing. The background is simple which follows the rule of simplicity.

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Rules of CompositionWhen composing a picture it is important to include these five rules to create a dynamic and interesting picture:

Rule of thirds: the subject is off centre and is place in one of three horizontal or vertical thirds along the lines of intersection.

Leading Lines: these are lines and shapes in the composition which lead to your main subject in order to draw you in.

Balance: either balance of shapes to make the image look even or balance of light and dark to contrast and make the main focus point more eye-catching.

Framing: background objects that surround the subject that act as a natural frame.

Simplicity: when taking a photo it is important not to include too much clutter otherwise the main focus point becomes lost, the back ground should be simple and contrasting.

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I believe this photo captures most of the rules of composition such as; leading lines, balance, simplicity, rule of thirds, perspective and vertical and diagonal lines.