Photography Composition JEA Photojournalism Curriculum.

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  • Photography CompositionJEA Photojournalism Curriculum

  • What is composition?Composition refers to the way a photo is constructed/planned to make the biggest possible impact.

    Composition rules are ingredients that a photographer may use, but just like a chef wouldnt use all of the ingredients in his pantry in one meal, a photographer wont use every composition skill in one photograph.

  • Rule #1: Rule of ThirdsIf you divide your picture into a tic-tac-toe board, your subject should not be located in the center squareBushra Ghafoor, R.B. Hayes High School

  • Addie Driskill, Maize (Kan.) High School

  • Daisy Marquez, Maize (Kan.) High School

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Rule #2: RepetitionA repeating pattern works well to emphasize your subjectA little bit of variance (changing it up) within the repetition is even better

  • Aysen Tan, Foothill Dragon Press

  • Aysen Tan, Foothill Dragon Press

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Rule #3: AnglesIf you can change the angle or viewpoint of your photograph, you automatically make it more interesting

    Note: Changing the angle does NOT mean tilting the camera.

  • Birds Eye ViewThe PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

    Worms Eye View

  • Mikaela Stevenson, Maize (Kan.) High School

  • Rule #4: Strong Subject(Or Fill the Frame)Photo has a strong, dominant focal point and/or center of interestKeep your background simple to avoid distractions

  • Samantha Terrell, Maize (Kan.) High School

  • Bushra Ghafoor, R.B. Hayes High School

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Rule #5: FramingUse natural elements to create a frame for your photo, so your audience knows exactly what your focus is

  • Aysen Tan, Foothill Dragon Press

  • Bushra Ghafoor, R.B. Hayes High School

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Rule #6: Leading LinesLines in a photo direct a viewers focus to the photos subject

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Rule #7: Selective FocusWhen a photographer narrows a pictures depth of field so that only part of the picture is in focus.

    (Combine this with rule of thirds to create an awesome photo!)

  • Aysen Tan, Foothill Dragon Press

  • Brittani Casement, Maize (Kan.) High School

  • The PIX Yearbook - Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Limits of composition rulesA chef may use high-end ingredients but that doesnt automatically make the recipe taste great.Just because a photo has great composition doesnt make it a great journalistic photo.

    A journalistic photo must also tell a compelling story.

  • Without a compelling story, a photo will fall flat of its purpose.

    It may be beautiful, but it must also be impactful.

    The best stories include individuals and supporting details to give views a complete picture.

  • Bryant High School Publications

  • McKinney High School Publications

  • Casey Simmons, Westlake High School

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