Guidelines for Better Photographic Composition: Introduction
|Have you ever wondered why some pictures are more appealing
than others . . . .
|. . . why some are left hanging in galleries for months or
even years to be enjoyed by thousands?
|Have you ever wondered why some photographers consistently
win the praises of judges and critics?
|One of the main reasons why some pictures are more
outstanding than others is because of their strong composition. That's what this program
is all about. We're going to consider how composition can improve your photographs.
|Good composition is a subject with a history of its own.
The Greeks and Romans were practicing it 2,000 years before photography! It's obvious in
|And today, composition continues as an important part of
contemporary architecture. One definition for photographic composition is simple: the
pleasing selection and arrangement of subjects within the picture area.
|Some arrangements are made by placing figures or objects in
certain positions. Others are made by choosing a point of view. You can shift your camera
very slightly and make quite a change in composition.
|Some snapshots may turn out to have good composition, but
most good pictures are created. How do you create a picture? First learn the guidelines
for good composition.
|After you've learned the guidelines, you'll realize that
well-composed pictures often take careful planning and sometimes patient waiting.
|You'll find that the composition guidelines
will become part of your thinking when you're looking for pictures, and soon they will
become second nature to you.
In this program, we'll discuss:
Think of these not as rules but as simple guidelines
|Photographic composition is an expression of your natural
sense of design. These guidelines will help you sharpen your natural sense of composition
and take better pictures.
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