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Photography Composition. Composing Storytelling Photos. Great Photography Matters. Good yearbook photography is the best way to capture moments and tell stories Powerful words can bring a moment to life – but a picture can help readers remember

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photography composition

Photography Composition

Composing Storytelling Photos

great photography matters
Great Photography Matters
  • Good yearbook photography is the best way to capture moments and tell stories
  • Powerful words can bring a moment to life – but a picture can help readers remember
  • Just a few simple tricks can take your photography skills to an award winning level!
photojournalism tells stories by
Photojournalism tells stories by:
  • capturing action
  • freezing reaction
  • setting the scene
  • showing conflict
  • capturing emotion
  • introducing personalities
  • establishing relationships
  • Capture the “peak of action”
  • Take multiple photos during the moment to make sure you capture it (use the continuous shot function if available on your camera)
  • Action happens in everything (not just sports!)
  • Action moments happen in an instant, so always be ready!
  • Emotional moments help readers connect to the moment
  • Reaction photos remind people of the importance of the topic
  • People naturally look for reactions to moments and find them interesting
  • Scrapbook photos highlight individuality
  • Use photo effects to emphasize elements
  • Amplify the meaning of photos
  • Do not have students merely smiling at the camera
  • Framing - Use of objects or people to frame and draw attention to Center of Visual Interest (CVI), ie: the main subject
angle of view
Angle of View

Angle of view

  • Bird’s eye view – high
  • Worm’s eye view – low
leading lines
Leading Lines
  • Leading lines/looks - Imaginary or real lines lead the reader to the subject (CVI) and heighten content interest

diagonal lines –

create energy and action


horizontal lines –

create rest and quiet


vertical lines –

create height and stability


curved lines –

create grace and beauty

  • Selective focus - Subject(s) or CVI are in focus while background and/or foreground are blurred

selective focus –

foreground blurred

  • Repetition - Repetition or patterns of people, expressions or surroundings lead viewers to the CVI
rule of thirds
Rule of Thirds

Rule of thirds -

  • Subject is divided into thirds vertically and horizontally
  • Subject is placed on one of the intersecting lines or hot spots


Subject appears black because light source is behind subject and not the photographer


photo no-no’s:

what is wrong with these pictures?

What is Wrong with These Photos?