Sunday, May 6, 2012

Composition - Part I

This morning I walked across a stage, shook many hands, and received my master's of science diploma.

Yippeee! Woot! Woot!

It feels great to accomplish something big.

Now back to a topic that I have not touch on for a while. Photography.

Composition is a photography topic that I have yet to fully understand, but it is what makes your photo "pop". Some elements that make good composition include texture, depth of field, pattern, symmetry, and lines. A successful picture is one that has a good balance of one or more of the elements above, and immediately draws viewers' attention to it. Sound abstract? I understand. Composition is about how to position your subjects in the frame that will make the subject the subject. 

A very well-known "rule" (even though there are no rules in photography) is the "Rule of Thirds".

f/2.8, 1/400, ISO 200
Imagine the picture is divided up into nine squares, with two horizontal and vertical lines. The rule of third says you should position the subject along the lines, or at the points they intersect. Some may debate that this is an overrated approach. Even by moving away from the centre can make everything else in the scene balance with the subject.

Here are other examples of what would make good composition.

Depth of Field:
    This gives a more three-dimensional and the depth view of the picture by giving a foreground, middle ground, and background.

f/2.5, 1/3200, ISO 200

Leading lines:
    This plays on the fact that our eyes are naturally drawn along lines, while a poorly composed photo leave us not sure where to look. It is like a "journey" through the scene, pulling viewers into the scene.

f/9, 1/160, ISO 100

Texture and pattern:
     These two also give a more three-dimensional feel.

f/3.5, 1/15, ISO 400

Lots of photography talk here, till next time then.

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