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Creating Effective Images. Rule of Thirds. 4 key composition techniques. Rule of Thirds Fill the frame Use an original point of view Think “simple”. 1. Rule of Thirds. Imagine two lines dividing the photo into equal sections, like a tic- tac -toe board

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4 key composition techniques
4 key composition techniques

  • Rule of Thirds

  • Fill the frame

  • Use an original point of view

  • Think “simple”


1 rule of thirds
1. Rule of Thirds

  • Imagine two lines dividing the photo into equal sections, like a tic-tac-toe board

  • Position the subject on one of these lines

  • Creates tension (energy) and interest

  • Drew Keller, StoryGuide (YouTube)




2 fill the frame
2. Fill the Frame these four areas of the frame.

  • Keep elements that add to your picture

  • Remember, the environment can add to your picture or it can detract


3 point of view
3. Point of view these four areas of the frame.

  • Different from what everyone else has

  • If you’re the photographer … lie down on the ground, stand on a table… get in close. Change your perspective!


4 keep it simple
4. Keep it simple these four areas of the frame.

  • Focus on one subject (focal point)

  • Have a simple background

  • Place the subject slightly off-center

  • Have a distinct foreground, middle ground and background

  • Be sure that the things in the photo are only those that you want the viewer to see


Point of view
Point of view these four areas of the frame.

  • Don’t use the same picture everyone else has

  • If you’re the photographer – change angle: lie down, stand on a table


Visual concepts aspect ratio
Visual concepts: aspect ratio these four areas of the frame.


Visual concepts size rez
Visual Concepts: Size, these four areas of the frame.Rez

  • Mac/Windows monitor differences

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  • Resolution – pixel density (72 dpi v 300 dpi)

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Visual concepts alt title
Visual concepts: alt, title these four areas of the frame.


Credits
Credits these four areas of the frame.

  • Kathy E Gill

  • @kegill

  • CCL – share and share alike, non-commercial


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