Photography Composition for AAU

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1. Photographic CompositionIda C. BenedettoAddis Ababa UniversityJan 27, 2010 2. Today! AestheticsComposition 3. Tomorrow! Visual StorytellingDocumentary Photography 4. Now, put away your notebooks. 5. Do yourself a favor.Just look. 6. Simplicity All the things you have during your physical experience of a scene - space, time, attention are not available to the viewer of your photograph. 7. Pictured: Alexandrea BoulatYou need to consciously construct it visually. 8. Think First! What is important, interesting, and visual? How do you make a photograph of it?Ida C. Benedetto 9. View PointWhere you, the photographer,(and ultimately the viewer of the photo)are positioned in relation to the scene dramatically impacts the feeling and message of the photograph. 10. (pictures, view from above) From AboveIda C. Benedetto 11. (picture, view from eye level) At Eye LevelEros Hoagland 12. (picture, view from below) From BelowCdric Gerbehaye 13. (picture, close up) Close Up Mark Leon 14. (picture, distant) Far AwayTravis Dove 15. Move around!After your camera, the most important photographic tool you have is your body.Explore different points of view by moving around, NOT by hitting the zoom button. 16. Compositional BalanceOrganized Static DynamicBusy 17. Rule of Thirds Composition along vertical and horizontal lines that divide the picture into thirds, with focus on where the lines intersect. 18. Rule of 3rds Stephane Harter 19. Rule of 3rds Stephane Harter 20. Rule of 3rds Dana Popa 21. Rule of 3rds Dana Popa 22. Rule of 3rds Lynsey Addario 23. Rule of 3rds Lynsey Addario 24. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto 25. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto 26. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ruth Fremson 27. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ruth Fremson 28. (photo example) Rule of 3rds KevinJ.Miyazaki 29. (photo example) Rule of 3rds KevinJ.Miyazaki 30. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto 31. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto 32. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto 33. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto 34. FramingThe relationship between the main subject of the photograph, other visual elements, and the edges of the photo. 35. (photo example) FramingsaSjstrm 36. (photo example) FramingChrisMaluszynski 37. (photo example) FramingOdedBalilty 38. (photo example, layering) Layering IdaC.Benede>o 39. (photo example) FramingIdaC.Benede>o 40. (photo example) FramingIdaC.Benede>o 41. (photo example) FramingIdaC.Benede>o 42. (photo example) FramingDamon Winter 43. (photo example) FramingRon Haviv 44. Guiding the Eye