Photo Composition Week Four DACC Basic Photography
What Makes a Good Photo?
Composition Some of the basic theories (some say rules)
Rule of Thirds The Rule of Thirds is based on the fact that the human eye is naturally drawn to a point about two-thirds up (or down) a page.
Rule of Thirds - examples
Golden Rule (of Thirds) It has been found that certain points in a picture's composition automatically attract the viewer's attention. Similarly, many natural or man- made objects and scenes with certain proportions (whether by chance or by design) automatically please us. Leonardo da Vinci investigated the principle that underlies our notions of beauty and harmony and called it the Golden Section.
Creating Balance Many times, a smaller object can counter balance a larger object within a composition
Examples of Balance
Framing the subject Use the edge of the scene to draw attention to the subject.
Examples of Framing the Subject
Provide a path through your image Give the viewer a way to start viewing your photo, and then through composition, their eyes are drawn through your photo.
Bring Viewer through your photo
Work in Diagonals One side of the picture is divided into two. Then place a corridor along this dividing line. According to the Diagonal Rule, important elements of the picture should be placed along these diagonals.
Repetitiveness Photographing things that show repetition usually makes for interesting photographs
Use your own ideas Don't be afraid of breaking rules! As Edward Weston said, "Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk."
The Masters of Photography You Decide
Ansel Adams Photographer of the Natural West Large Format Photographer Member of the f-64 group Take a look at his photos Take a look at his photos
Edward Weston Large Format Photographer Member of f-64 group Photographed set-up shots and the natural scene The Family has carried on the tradition Check out some of his photos Check out some of his photos
Dorothea Lange Documentary Photography Photojournalism One of first artists working for FSA Check out some of her photos Check out some of her photos
Richard Avedon Fashion Photographer Have you seen the movie Funny Girl Large formats, exotic sets Check out his pictures Check out his pictures
Art Sinsabaugh Studied at Art Institute of Chicago Founded the U of Is photography department Specialized in panoramic Circuit Camera Photography Check out his photographs Check out his photographs
Life Magazine Photographers Brought History and current events through photos to the public Check out some of their photos Check out some of their photos
Other Photographers of Note Anne Geddes Anne Geddes Annie Leibovitz Annie Leibovitz Henri Cartier-Bresson Henri Cartier-Bresson W. Eugene Smith W. Eugene Smith Diane Arbus Diane Arbus Harry Callahan Harry Callahan The last can go on Paul Strand Edward Steichen Andre Kertesz Robert Maplethorpe Alfred Steigletz Imogene Cunningham Jerry Uelsmann Walker Evans Leon Kemmener Marty Zucker
Friends and Colleagues Bruce Huff Bruce Huff Clark Brooks Clark Brooks Chuck Cannady Chuck Cannady Lou McClellan Lou McClellan Larry Kanfer Larry Kanfer And Former Students: Becky Brown Becky Brown Mike List Mike List Pop Bowman Dallas Bowman Dale Dowers John Milewski Matt Huber Orvil Stokes Rich Stefaniak Wilmer Zehr Rick Danzel