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Composition Unit. Unit Objectives Have a clear understanding of what composition is Identify and describe each guideline and how they can be used in a photograph. 6 Guidelines of Composition. Simplicity Rule of Thirds Balance Framing Lines Mergers. 6 Guidelines of Composition.

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Composition Unit

  • Unit Objectives

    • Have a clear understanding of what composition is

    • Identify and describe each guideline and how they can be used in a photograph


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6 Guidelines of Composition

  • Simplicity

  • Rule of Thirds

  • Balance

  • Framing

  • Lines

  • Mergers


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6 Guidelines of Composition

  • Simplicity:

    Having a clear and definite center of interest


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6 Guidelines of Composition

  • Rule of Thirds

    Placing your center of interest off center.


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6 Guidelines of Composition

  • Balance-

    • Informal- More visual weight on one side than the other- this type of balance tends to be more visually appealing

    • Formal- Equal visual weight on both sides of the picture


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Balance

Formal

Informal


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Informal Balance

  • Additional Informal Balance


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6 Guidelines of Composition

  • Framing:

    • Using objects to lead the viewers attention to the subject.


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6 Guidelines of Composition

  • Lines:

    • Using lines to lead the viewers attention to the subject. They can also help convey emotions and feelings.

      1. Vertical- power, strength, uneasy

      2. Horizontal- calm, peace, tranquil

      3. Diagonal- speed, movement

      4. S-Curve- pleasing to eye, beauty.







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6 Guidelines of Composition

  • Mergers: BAD

    • When objects seem to visually run together to make the graphic or message unclear.


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Mergers

Near Merger

Border Merger


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Point of View

  • Experiment with different points of view.

    • From below

    • From above

    • Equal to


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Point of view

  • Think of how you always see the President of the United States

  • Think of how you always see things

  • Look for interesting and different ways to look at things