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Composition Basics


What makes good composition? You could open any art book and find elements of design and principles of art. You would see such catch words as line, shape, rhythm, emphasis, perspective, proportion, movement, direction, value, color, size, texture, space, unity, harmony, variety, balance, contrast, repetition, line (oh wait, I said that one.) There are so many, it is hard to keep track of them all let alone get them all in one shot! So don’t worry. If you can remember a few of them and try to work towards understanding them your imagery will start to look better. Your goal is to make these things intuitive so when you are shooting it becomes second nature. This comes with practice and paying attention. There are also some basic techniques to help your composition. The rule of thirds is the most common, but there is also such techniques as base weighting, simplification, the rule of odds, shallow depth of field, and vignetting. The above is a little “cheat sheet” to help you get started on understanding some of the ideas behind getting good composition. You may also go to my Google page and download the Class 5 notes from my Photo 150 class I teach at College of the Canyons (or any of the other notes that look interesting.)