#8 –  5 COMPOSITION Techniques to take BETTER PHOTOS | Learning Photography on YouTube
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#8 – 5 COMPOSITION Techniques to take BETTER PHOTOS | Learning Photography on YouTube

October 10, 2019

today is the day I’m looking forward to
share this video with you I loved making this video as I’m really passionate
about this topic yes today’s episode of learning photography on YouTube is all
about composition do you like this t-shirt welcome to my channel and welcome to
episode 8 of learning photography on YouTube if you’re here for the first
time or you are enjoying these photography course it might be a good
idea to subscribe do you want to see some of the images from the metering
assignment thanks to everyone for participating to this photo assignment I
love to see your commitment and I’m also happy to see new photos every day under
the hashtag #AttilioPhotoClub it’s really cool let’s keep it up composition
composition in my opinion is the most important thing in photography as a
matter of fact I think that composition is what really differentiates the style
of a photographer from another one because composition is the result of how
a photographer sees in the previous episodes of this photography course we
talked about different technical aspects of photography and we also saw how these
aspects can become creative tools in our photography aperture and depth of field
shutter speed and motion blur or long exposure but composition is the ultimate
creative tool composition is creativity composition is our eye and with
composition we have two main goals the first goal is to direct the viewer
attention where we want in a portrait could be the eyes of the subject in a
landscape could be the depth of the scene but no matter what kind of
photography we are in, composition is the main tool to lead the viewer eyes to
what is important and the second goal of composition is to create
that is pleasing to the viewer – we want our photos to be eye-catching
so how can we achieve both these goals using composition in our photography
well it might sound counterintuitive as we are talking of a creative tool but
there are some composition rules and techniques that will help us to create
compelling photographs let me share with you the 5 composition rules that I
consider the most important ones once you master these techniques trust
me you will be able to bring your photography to the next level so let’s
see which are these rules and techniques the rule of thirds is possibly the most
popular composition rule so what is it and how does it work let’s turn on the
grid in our camera LCD screen as you can see the grid is formed by two vertical
lines and two horizontal lines and apparently the human eye seems to be
attracted by what is positioned at the intersection of these lines so placing
the most important aspect of the image on one of the intersecting points or
along the lines makes the image more appealing to the human eye and draws the
viewer attention into the composition leading lines is a composition technique
that features lines and I mean natural lines that you can find anywhere roads
trees rivers so by properly positioning these leading lines in the frame we will
be able to draw the viewers eye to the subject of our photo a leading line is
an easy path for the eye to follow through the different elements of a
photo in landscape photography for example using leading lines that connect
the foreground to the background of a scene will also help to give depth to
our images the negative space is the area that
surrounds the main subject in your photo where the positive space is the main
subject when composing an image leaving a lot of method space we will be
actually able to draw attention towards the positive space the subject so when
framing your images play with your composition until you find the right
balance between positive and negative space if you want to create a powerful
composition using this technique don’t be afraid to leave a lot of negative
space symmetry is a powerful composition tool
that will immediately create a pleasing balance and harmony in your photos
symmetry is everywhere and it has always been associated with beauty as a matter
of fact there are very few things that are more eye-catching than perfect
symmetry that’s why for instance I love water reflections so try to incorporate
anything that is symmetrical in your images and for sure you will improve the
quality of your compositions capturing patterns and repetitions can
add the strong impact to our photos this is another powerful composition tool and
it can be used in two opposite ways we can either emphasize the repetitive
pattern or we can break it when we emphasize the pattern it is important to
try to fill the frame with those patterns and repetitions maybe combining
it with symmetry if possible this will create a much stronger effect and a very
cool composition but a broken pattern can create an even stronger image the
interruption can be anything is contrasting the main repetitive pattern
it can be a contrasting color or a contrasting shape a different texture
when I see a natural broken pattern or I see the opportunity of creating one I
just cannot resist from capturing it these composition rules and techniques
can also be used combined to create even more powerful images but a very
important thing that I want to mention is that I strongly believe that rules
are also made to be broken so consider these composition rules as guidelines
and feel free to break them any time your creativity is telling you something
different I use and break these composition rules all the time so don’t
become a slave of these techniques by use them as tools every time you feel
that they can help you to create more powerful images of course beside these
five there are many other composition techniques that I’m sure we will talk
about in future videos so stick around clearly this episode requires an
assignment actually I believe that it would require more than just one but for now
let’s stick to one photo and for this assignment I will do things a little
different as I’m going to make an assignment review video where I will
gently critic some of the images that you will submit so if you want to
participate and possibly have your photo featured and critiqued on the assignment
review video you need to take a photo using one of the five composition rules
and techniques that we discussed in this video post your images on Instagram
use the hashtag LPOY underscore composition tag me Attilio Ruffo photography and
write in the description which composition technique you used I’m
looking forward to seeing your photos and now back to the t-shirt for one
second I am making some design and material tests for a new t-shirt
collection that I am developing under the photography theme this is my very
first prototype this is the AR TEE with my logo in the front and
in the back this is the histogram TEE by the way this is the real histogram of the
wanaka tree photo 658 seconds f9 iso 64 you
know logo in the back and this is the speed limit TEE for those who love long
exposure photography more designs are on their way but for now what do you think
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments thank you I hope you
enjoyed this video and I hope that you learned something new today it would be
really awesome if you could help me to promote this video so just to hit the
like button and share this video with your friends and if you want to see more
videos like this consider to subscribe thanks for watching and I will see you
in the next video

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  1. Thank you Attilio, your personality is great and always enjoy following your videos. I like the Tee with your Logo the best!

  2. Great video! Useful content. Thank you. To get ideal composition is probably the most challenging part. At least for me…. More practice, more practice 😉

    Histogram Tee – Super. Speed Limit Tee – Hyper! Available when?

  3. Great topic, guiding lines, rule of thirds, negative space. Good inspiration and help to get better and inspiring compositions. Nice T's. Could you ship some from Italy – within the EU, to avoid import taxes etc.? Let us see the collection

  4. Hi, I always follow your videos and I think they are very good, to tell you the truth, they are among the best on YouTube. I have a suggestion, it would not be better to use some other social network like 500px or some similar to send you the photos, the format and size of Instagram is very limited. Thanks for your videos, I really appreciate it

  5. Wow, I really enjoyed this video! These are some very straight forward and easy to apply compositional techniques that one can apply in the field. For myself, I've never thought of using the "broken pattern" method but will try to keep that one in mind from now on. The t-shirts, I love them, how cool is that! I think my favorite t-shirt being the histogram one because it's such a fantastic idea, but they're all amazing in their own right. You really put some thought into designing these shirts and I look forward to seeing if you come up with additional designs. You're killing it with your instructional videos!

  6. Thank you that's a really handy tips video where I'll use these techniques when visiting blenheim palace on Tuesday! Thank you attilio!

  7. Complimenti per il lavoro che fai, non capisco molto bene l’inglese e qualche passaggio lo perdo. Se riuscissi a inserire i sottotitoli in Italiano molti appassionati come me potrebbero trarre molta ispirazione dai tuoi lavori. Ancora complimenti.

  8. Another cracking tutorial Attilio. Love the t-shirts, I will definitely be purchasing the histogram one when its available. I'm a big fan of symmetry particularly reflections. I wish I had the confidence to participate in your assignments but I have to admit to being quite embarrassed about sharing my photos with anyone at the moment. Keep up the good work. 👍

  9. Hi Attilio another great video, as I'm fairly new to photography the first rule I was told was the third rule but still experimenting with all the new ideas you are suggesting and sometimes find I have broken the rule without realising it!! I like the t shirts and would love to buy one. Anymore tips on drone photography? Many thanks Graham

  10. Another great video Attilio! I apply all of these compositional techniques in my approach to photography and find it very effective. Please continue to share with us your amazing work and techniques.

  11. as always from your video I enjoyed a lot, learned a lot, amazed a lot. Many thanks. Histogram T shirt looks awesome.

  12. Damn you Attilio! I have too many T-shirts as it is. And now you make me buy more. They are all three, excellent.

  13. Tips are great and your photos are very soothing to the eyes. May I participate in the competition? I hope from India

  14. I enjoyed your video. I love your work! I will someday be able to take such beautiful pictures. Great info, excellent for an aspiring photographer like me.

  15. I love your new logo and all your t shirts!👍👍👍
    I do not have a preferred composition rule, although I always try to apply one (or several) according to what is convenient.

  16. Ciao Attilio, Grazie Come sempre per i tuoi insegnamenti e i tuoi video….
    Allora La Composizione, per questo argomento mi sono comprato "L'occhio del Fotografo" di Michael Freeman… che sto studiando, ma come sempre Te hai Qualcosa in più qualcosa che ti caratterizza…
    Le T-Shirt FAVOLOSEEEEE LE VOGLIOOOOOOO…. metti il link per acquistare… anche in Italy i raccomando.
    Un Abbraccio a Giovvvvdi…Signò! 😃

  17. Hi Attilio! Great video! My favorite composition is leading lines. I really like the historgram shirt!

  18. I love the t shirts and your logo, keeping things simple and neat. Italians are the best designers for sure!

  19. Hello sir

    Quick question please

    Did you experience red and blue pixels in long exposure shooting

    When you turn off noise reduction off
    And is the stuck pixels dangerous for the sensor or not

  20. As to composition techniques, the Rule of Thirds is, for me, the easiest tool to find in my “toolbox”, particularly if I’m not using a wide angle lens. When using a wide angle lens, having found a likely foreground object, my eye seems to naturally seek for patterns, objects, shadows that will serve as leading lines.

  21. Great sharing again. For the t-shirt, great idea. I like the slow shutter one, your logo is great too. Have one that is about #AR photography club. In all, promote your web site or #. Like to see v-neck ones. Black is great, ready to buy 😉

  22. Great experience sharing from Attilio, once again.
    Keep up with the hard work!!
    Cheers, from New Zealand

  23. Servus Attilio,
    for me the best vid of your Learning Photography Serie. Well explained and with a perfect sentence at the end: "don't become a slave of these technics…"
    And your T-shirt shows that you mean what you say 🙂
    Thanks for your good job.

  24. There it was the video I've been waiting for. This will be somewhat of a Bible for me in the time to come! 😉

  25. Great video! And your images were stunning as always! My favorite compositional rule is Rule #6…"Break the rules" but like you I find the other 5 of great value in ascertaining precisely how to do the breaking!

  26. Thanks AR Tee for another clear and concise video. I will at some point participate in assignments as I have time to create a timely current photo based on your assignments. Otherwise I imagine what I may do in the mean time. I obviously need to create more time to "develop" my photography skills…

  27. I enjoyed the video! Posted from the desktop computer to Instagram. A bit of a pain for this old guy! I like the T-shirts.

  28. My grandfather in the US, Potter County, USA had a friend whom I met a number of times in the 60s. His name was the same exactly as yours. Grampa always called him Ttilio. He always drove a FIAT. He was eccentric, much in the way that Salvador Dali was. He was fun to be around. Are you?

  29. Love as always 🙂 keep the technique videos coming Attilio! LOVE the tshirts … what about "I ONLY SHOOT IN the RAW" … " FOCUS PEOPLE FOCUS" …. "I LOVE A LONG EXPOSURE" … "BOKEH BABY" (by the way can you do a video on that?) …. "CREATE – BREAK THE RULES" …. hope we can get them in Australia! 🙂

  30. Attilio, Another great lesson. Thanks.
    Question. What do you do with a photo that composition is good, but the sky that day is flat (gray)? Do you adjust in post. If so, can you show how?

    Thank you. Really appreciate your effort.

  31. Enjoyed the video, now I need to put this into practice. Finding time is the big challenge for me.

  32. Excellent content and brilliant images. Attilio your style of teaching and the passion is contagious. Loved it 🙂

  33. Hi Attilio Excellent video ! Favorite composition is leading lines. I really like your logo Tee shirt

  34. Attilio.. How did you create the Black & White Bridge composition with the background totally blackened?

  35. Thank you for sharing Attilio. Great video and examples.
    I also like frame within the frame like shooting through an arch

  36. Thank you again, one of the most useful video in my opinion, i think that composition comes right after lighting in terms of what make a photo work, i really like the way you explained the use of negative space, i like the balance and tension that it creates in a photo. Thank you!

  37. Thanks for the video, you explained a lot styles I never thought about. You tee’s look great, the only suggestion I have is include other colours besides black, thanks again

  38. Attillo, I'm intrigued by the image displayed behind you on the MAC, and also included (image #2) in the 'leading lines' technique (the avenue of Beech trees). Is this the 'Dark Hedges' in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as used as the 'Kings Road' in Game of Thrones? Or is it some other location? If it is the 'Dark Hedges' I'd like to see your take on other locations in the area.
    By the way, I am taken with your long exposure fine art photography. Your images are breathtaking.

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