The Foundations of Great Images: Composition

  • Brian Zwit

  • Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Beacon Hall - Room 2
  • Audience: Beginner
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A great photograph begins with the basics — proper exposure, thoughtful composition, and creativity. These aspects of photography need to be instinctual to capture the fleeting moments that make for great images.  This session, the second of three on the basics of photography, will cover:

How to use the basic elements of design in an image…

  • Using basic design elements to enhance your composition
  • Using leading lines to take a viewer inside your images
  • Adding interest to an image using patterns, textures, forms, and shapes
  • Using color to enhance your images
  • Choosing between color and black-and-white

How to put design elements together for thoughtful composition…

  • Excluding and including elements in the image
  • Filling the frame but not too much
  • How to use the rule of thirds without becoming a slave to it
  • Using other compositional tricks to improve composition, including perspective and simplifying your images

How to put some creativity into the composition of an image…

  • Changing your perspective
  • Using vertical orientation
  • How to frame your subject
  • Including people in your nature images
  • Determining when to break the “rules”