Rules of Composition

Rules of Composition

The Rule of Thirds:

The rule of thirds is when important subjects in a photo intersect with the corners of a grid made up of nine squares. If that sounds confusing, the bottom line on the grid lines up with the horizon on these photos.




Balance:

Balance is when a subject is off-center and another subject matches is position on the other side.


Leading Lines:

Leading lines are lines in a photo that draw your eye in though the scene in the photo, or alternatively, towards the subject.

Symmetry and Patterns:

Symmetry and Patterns are pretty self explanatory. To create tension and make a photo more interesting, photographers will break symmetry by introducing something that is unsymmetrical.


Viewpoint:

Your viewpoint is were you take the photograph from, the viewpoint can have have an impact on what kind of message the composition has.


Background:

The background is what is behind the subject in your photo, a busy background detracts from the subject were as a a plain background adds emphasis to he subject.

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Depth:

Depth is hard to convey in a photo, as it's a 2D medium. So photographers use overlapping a focus to convey depth.



Framing:

Framing is using natural objects to create a border around the subject of interest, sort of like a picture frame.


Cropping:

If you take a photo that has a lot of extra space that takes away from the subject, cropping is a great way to return focus to the main subject.


Direction Of Motion:

In a photo, it can be hard to convey motion, so a photography will use techniques like panning to show motion.


And finally, experiment! Break the rules! Or, YOLO, as the kids say.





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