Composition Photography Tutorial | Episode 1
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Composition Photography Tutorial | Episode 1

October 9, 2019

there are three elements that go into
making a great picture good composition proper exposure and sometimes
post-processing the most fundamental one is composition which is how you position
objects and your background in your field of view it’s the most fundamental
one because that’s the first thing you do when you take a picture you set the
composition by understanding how to properly compose an image you can
immediately improve the quality look and interest of your picture regardless of what camera equipment you have and anyone can do it with a little practice and creativity so whether you’re using a cell phone or
a fancy DSLR if you nail your composition your images will stand out
among your family members and friends every picture should have a focal point
or something of interest and photographers use different elements of
composition to direct the viewers eyes towards that focal point the first
compositional elements i’m sure you have heard of before it’s called rule of
thirds and that’s where we take our field of view and we divide it into
three sections both vertically and horizontally in rule of thirds we use
these lines and intersection points as guidelines to position our objects
traditionally when we take a picture we place our subject right down the middle but with rule of thirds we can get a little bit more creative than that if
you are shooting a person or a single object try throwing them off to one side
of the frame this especially works really well if a person is looking off
into the distance because it gives them some space within the frame to look out whereas if you have them in the center
of the frame and they were looking off in this direction it may feel a little
cramped and it doesn’t give them much space to look if you are taking a
portrait in landscape orientation try placing one of their eyes on one of the
top intersection points of the grid doing this will move your subject to one
side of the frame and this allows for the rule of thirds on the other hand if you
are taking a portrait in portrait orientation try lighting their eyes with
the top horizontal line of the grid this will give your subject some
Headroom in the picture now let’s talk about landscapes if you are shooting a
landscape you will want to align the horizon of a landscape with one of the two horizontal
lines on the grid to decide which horizontal line you’re going to use you
first have to decide if the sky or the land is more important to you if the sky
is more important to you align the horizon with the bottom horizontal line doing this will give you more sky in
your image but if the land is more important to you that align the horizon
with the top horizontal line of the grid and this will give you more land and
less guy in your image the next compositional elements i want to talk
about our leading lines these lines are created by natural objects that draw the
viewers eyes to the focal point of the image these lines can be roads streets
shorelines AWOL anything can pick up that has like a straightedge the trick
when using leading lines is you will want to compose your image where you
have your subject and you have your line convergent to your subject the next
compositional element is framing again we will use natural objects but this
time we will frame it around our subject and this will tell the viewer exactly
where to look some natural frames include door frames
and windows to frame your model you can have her stand in the door frame or sit
on the window ledge where you can get really creative and use plants and other
things to frame around your subject and everything you can experiment with our
ankles if you shoot your subject from a high angle it will give your subject a
sense of vulnerability and if you shoot your subject from a low angle it will
give your subject is set of power and strength you can also take your camera
and give it a slight twist and this is called a Dutch angle it’s a different
picture style but I also gives your picture kind of cool feel to it the last major compositional elements i
want to touch on is symmetry anything that is symmetrical has a mirror image
many things in our world are symmetrical such as a group of dancers buildings a
curacao a river or a hot air balloon so if you see something symmetrical is
just screaming at you take me symmetrically eventually when you get comfortable with
these different compositional elements you can combine a few of these into one
picture to make one powerful picture the best way to learn how to take great
photos with great composition is to start with the camera you have whether
it’s a cellphone a point-and-shoot or a DSLR just leave everything in automatic
and don’t worry about if the exposure is a little bit off or if your pictures are
a little bit noisy right now we’re just building the foundation and later on you
can learn about how to take pictures with the proper exposure and the second
best way to learn is to practice make mistakes and learn from your mistakes for example a good baseball player
doesn’t become good at hitting a baseball just by watching videos he
practices he makes mistakes and he had justice for his mistakes and that’s how
he becomes a good hitter and that’s a similar mentality you need to pick up in
learning composition go out there with your camera practice make mistakes take your pictures back to your computer
see what works see what didn’t and then correct for those mistakes in your next
photo shoot if you enjoyed this video I would
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talking about the mentality you should have as a photographer yeah

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  1. Awesome video Brennan! Definitely saw how much work you put into this, very creative and interesting for beginner photographers like myself and others looking to learn more.

  2. An excellent video for me to show my high school students in a beginning photography class! I only wish you hadn't had your sample pictures flash on and off so quickly. I have to constantly pause the video so the students can truly see what you're talking about.

  3. This is absolutely helpful! 🏆 My mac broke yesterday, (I got it wet) 😂😢😥which is unfortunate, but once it starts working again, I swear to follow all that I learned in this video!!!! This will hugely help my with my thumbnails and video creation!!! Thanks so much! I’ve added this video to my playlist!!!! 😁😃😄 thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ❤️🌈👊👏👏👏👏

  4. @Brennan Spark how do you quickly decide to switch between different focus points/modes & composition techniques? ex: which focus points & modes and whether manual mode and horizontal composition looks good v/s something else?

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