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  1. 1. Photographic CompositionIda C. BenedettoAddis Ababa UniversityJan 27, 2010
  2. 2. Today! AestheticsComposition
  3. 3. Tomorrow! Visual StorytellingDocumentary Photography
  4. 4. Now, put away your notebooks.
  5. 5. Do yourself a favor.Just look.
  6. 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. 7. Pictured: Alexandrea BoulatYou need to consciously construct it visually.
  8. 8. Think First! What is important, interesting, and visual? How do you make a photograph of it?Ida C. Benedetto
  9. 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. 10. (pictures, view from above) From AboveIda C. Benedetto
  11. 11. (picture, view from eye level) At Eye LevelEros Hoagland
  12. 12. (picture, view from below) From BelowCdric Gerbehaye
  13. 13. (picture, close up) Close Up Mark Leon
  14. 14. (picture, distant) Far AwayTravis Dove
  15. 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. 16. Compositional BalanceOrganized Static DynamicBusy
  17. 17. Rule of Thirds Composition along vertical and horizontal lines that divide the picture into thirds, with focus on where the lines intersect.
  18. 18. Rule of 3rds Stephane Harter
  19. 19. Rule of 3rds Stephane Harter
  20. 20. Rule of 3rds Dana Popa
  21. 21. Rule of 3rds Dana Popa
  22. 22. Rule of 3rds Lynsey Addario
  23. 23. Rule of 3rds Lynsey Addario
  24. 24. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  25. 25. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  26. 26. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ruth Fremson
  27. 27. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ruth Fremson
  28. 28. (photo example) Rule of 3rds KevinJ.Miyazaki
  29. 29. (photo example) Rule of 3rds KevinJ.Miyazaki
  30. 30. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  31. 31. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  32. 32. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  33. 33. (photo example) Rule of 3rds Ida C. Benedetto
  34. 34. FramingThe relationship between the main subject of the photograph, other visual elements, and the edges of the photo.
  35. 35. (photo example) FramingsaSjstrm
  36. 36. (photo example) FramingChrisMaluszynski
  37. 37. (photo example) FramingOdedBalilty
  38. 38. (photo example, layering) Layering IdaC.Benede>o
  39. 39. (photo example) FramingIdaC.Benede>o
  40. 40. (photo example) FramingIdaC.Benede>o
  41. 41. (photo example) FramingIdaC.Benede>o
  42. 42. (photo example) FramingDamon Winter
  43. 43. (photo example) FramingRon Haviv
  44. 44. Guiding the Eye