Images With Impact
by Rosemarie Sood
Photographic composition is the selection and arrangement of elements in an image. Most good photos are not the result of a fortunate accident! Well composed images are the result of careful planning, patient waiting, or a quick sensing of the best moment to take the shot. It won't be long before the recognition of pleasing composition becomes second nature.
Following are some of the guidelines of classic composition to help with subject arrangement and presentation. They are NOT rules, sometimes deliberately ignoring traditions can be used for visual impact or to convey feeling. Don't forget to be individuals and to exercise your own visual expression.
Strong Center of Interest
Concentrate on one strong point of interest or main subject which first attracts the eye because a picture can tell only one story successfully. The main subject could attract the eye because of its position, its contrast with surroundings, or because other elements have been arranged to form a frame or path that directs the eye to the subject. Also, make sure secondary subjects don't distract from the main subject.
Best Camera Angle
Try different points of view to change your composition. Always make sure you keep the horizon line level. Close-ups can be used to focus attention on the subject and convey a feeling of intimacy
Pleasing proportions can be achieved through balance between light and dark, between massive forms and open space, or between bright and muted colors. Avoid putting your center of interest in the middle of the image, symmetrical images are usually less interesting, avoid a horizon line running through the middle of a landscape.
Framing creates a sensation of depth and emphasizes the main subject.
The use of foreground detail, arches and doorways and overhanging branches to frame your subject can make the image more interesting.
Use leading lines to direct attention. The use of dynamic, powerful lines or shapes as the center of interest can make striking focal points. Patterns, such as repetition of lines, shapes or colors can be a great visual element.
emphasizing texture adds realism and a sense of 3 D to the image. Effective use of color can also make a visually compelling image.
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