Photography Tutorial – Basics of Composition
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Photography Tutorial – Basics of Composition

October 10, 2019


Speaker 1: Stop chasing me, I have a Canon
in my hands, it’s a Canon I tell you, it’s a cannon. Jared Polin, froknowsphoto.com,
here with another super secret project video. This time I want to talk about composition.
I will be using a Rebel T3i, I have on here a 16 to 35/2. 8 but to keep it more realistic
to what most people starting out with, I am only going to shoot it in the range of 18
to 35, because most kit lenses are 18 to 55s and I am not going to go below F 3. 5, just
to keep it more realistic. But when I say composition I have here Kermit de Frog as
my subject and he is an inanimate object. So we are going to play around here, I don’t
even know what I am going to do, I haven’t even tried to compose an image here to see
what would work best with just basically a kit lens. If Canon actually sent me kit lens this time,
I would have used it, but they sent me a better piece of glass, because I asked for it. But
it still has to go back, I still have to send it back soon. What I plan on doing here, is
just going through different angles, taking pictures and showing you what they look like
to see how I am changing you the composition, changing up my angle, seeing what works best.
Because the best way to learn your composition is to actually go out and see it and do it.
So that’s why Kermit de Frog is here for my subject and just a little cut out, my mom
made this in 1983 and it has been my doorstop ever since. She used to do a lot of ceramics and this
is one thing she brought home in 1983 when I was roughly 2 years old. So yeah, let’s
get to the composition video end of this or the composition part of this and I will right
back to use this Canon T3i, hopefully you guys pick up some information from this, we
will be right back. All right, so we are back now, T3i in hand and this is about seeing
and feeling the image. Sure there is not much going on here. I just Kermit de Frog sitting
over there and I have to find the image. If you can practice this yourself and find the
image with inanimate objects and things like that you are going to train yourself to get
much better when you are in an actual shooting situation, all this practice of trying to
find the right composition is going to lead you on the right path to getting that composition
when you’re out there shooting what really, really matters. This is a great test. I have to sit here and
work through the different, you know it’s not the biggest range of lenses, it doesn’t
go 18 to 55 like those kit lens, it’s going to go 16 to 35, but like I said, I am only
going to shoot from 18 to 35 and at the lowest aperture of 3. 5 and that’s going to have
to change as I hit 35 because most cameras, when you don’t have the 2. 8 lenses, are going
to do that. But what I am going to do here is try to find the image. I am just going
to move around and search for it and we are going to pop the images up on screen as I
shoot them to see what we are getting. And then see if it’s good composition or bad composition,
so you know really sometimes people start out and they shoot like this. So let’s see,
that’s a 35, full standing up, shooting the child or whoever down at the low angle and
it looks like this. What could you do to make that better? First things first, if this is my subject,
I’m getting down on my subject’s angle because this is how you want photograph a child or
subject on this low angle, boom, let’s see what this looks like, there you go. Now right
now, I’m in aperture priority we are not going to worry too much about exposures right now,
because this is all about composition. So there is, oh I thought I had a bug on me,
I don’t like bugs, there is the first image, not every interesting, there’s a second image,
getting even better and like that angle, do you see what I did it. I threw them off to
the right-hand side, now let’s put them right in the middle, so using this Canon, I hit
this button over here, the top right corner, it lights up the different focusing points.
And then I select the middle one and hit okay, so here he is right in the middle. So now you can see the picture basically in
the middle, look at the difference between the first one, he is off to the right hand
side. And the second one, he is right in the middle, which composition is stronger, that’s
up to you. But I like him throwing off to the side, because that to me is a better image.
Now what would a vertical look like, do we want them right in the middle, like this,
do we want to focus and do this? You know, you are just getting a different feel for
what’s going on. Could we come here and shoot an even wider shot or do I want come over
to here and be like all right, Kermit, let’s see what we have got, let’s work with you. Oh right there, Kermie, so here we go again.
I am picking my focusing point, by hitting that center button and moving all the way
over to the leftmost focusing point, I think I am still learning how to use this bad boy.
And there we go, focus right on his eye from this corner, all right, there we go. I want
to get more of his body in there, so I am going to go wider. And here we go, now, I
threw them off to the left hand side, but I got his whole body in there and that’s looking
much better than the shot before. The shot before is good, but look at the tree right
in the background, it’s like he has got a tree coming out of his head. Let me focus,
lock in, you see, now you see this tree coming out of his head. That’s not good, how can
we — how can we fix the tree coming out of the top of his head. Well, we could move slightly this way and
be like, all right, I don’t want the tree coming out of your head. So let’s go vertical
and now the tree is off to the side focus, focus, boom. Now we see the difference in
where the tree is much better than the tree coming out of the top of his head. So really
what this is coming down to is just seeing what’s going on in the frame, what’s going
on in the background, what’s going on in your, just in your sidelines. It’s all about seeing,
it’s not just about where your subject is what your subject is doing. He is not moving,
I have to move myself, many times, when I am shooting models, I don’t ask them to move,
if they are in a bad place, I will move myself and the last resort is ask them to move, because
I want to — you know I want to see the image. I am always looking, I am always looking through
the camera, going all right, let’s see, what could be the right angle, because you want
to look through the camera, because that’s what your image is going to be and not so
much, always just looking not through the camera, you want to use the camera, to see
what your frame is going to be, because then you are going to see what’s going on. So those
are just some simple examples of what I am thinking about when I am looking through the
camera and shooting the pictures, was there a distraction in the background, would he
look better at a high angle or a lower angle, would he be better right in the middle, could
he be better to the left or the right, and these are just basic composition things that
are going through my mind, every second when I am a shooting a picture. When I am looking through the viewfinder,
am I looking right at the subject all the time, no, I am focusing on the subject, but
I am checking the outer border, is there something protruding through the outer border that doesn’t
need to be there, is there a distraction. I don’t know, but that’s what I am looking
for and what I am thinking about. So that’s about it for the basic thing on composition
right thing. I hope these images help you out, I hope it give you a little bit of inside
into what I am thinking about, so you can try to think about that as well. So that is
another super secret project video, this time composition with Mr. Kermit de Frog, Kermit,
thank you very much. Jared Polin, froknowsphoto.com. See ya.

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  1. Jared, long time lurking watcher and never a contributor. That being said I've progressed a hundred fold in what I believe to be a short time, given the amount of time that I have to shoot. I'd like to thank you for sharing your knowledge. It's certainly given my family and friends many more quality memories than we would have had otherwise. Asking nothing you continue to give, Thanks!

  2. Evening! Have you thought about photo sfxart tricks (do a search on google)? My work buddy Ellen made some extraordinary pics with their photography tutorials.

  3. Hi, have you considered "photo SFX art" (just do a Google search for it…)? On their website you will find a great free video showing the way to take impressive photos. It helped Matt to shoot pictures which leave you with a jaw-dropping-effect when you look at them. It may work for you also.

  4. I like your tutorial. It really starts with the basics that it even features the use of the most

  5. I like your tutorial. It really talks about the basics that you even featured the use of te most common 18mm-55mm kit lens. I'll wait for more tutorials!

  6. wow… your mom made it… no wonder you use it in some of your videos… i guess that thing means a lot to you…

  7. Love what you do.. and what you are trying to do… but you spent 3 minutes saying the same exact thing… Get to it a little quicker. Keep it up!

  8. Gave you a like and a subscribe, just because of the way you said "OOH i thought that was a bug, I don't like bugs." Haha! Classic

  9. Much too basic, even for beginners. There are far superior videos on utube. Terrible photos – this guy talks far too much & clearly cannot deliver the goods.

  10. I love the way you didn't want the tree to grow out of Kermit's head while completely ignoring the white garage disturbing background 🙂

  11. I plan on getting a 7D Mark II & I can't wait to see this guy's tutorial on all the different elements of photography.

  12. I think a good thing to mention as far as composition goes is having asymmetry in your photo and also being aware of what objects carry the most visual weight

  13. I just recently purchased a Nikon d3300 And ive been watching all of your videos for help. I can say that they are very helpful! I just have one main question, what mode should I be in when Im comfortable enough to mess with the settings? Is there a mode where I can adjust Aperture, ISO and shutter speed? Or is each mode for a designated event or type of photo? Should I always be in portrait mode when taking a portrait mode or should I be in another mode where I can do all the adjustments myself? Another question is … should my lens be on manual focus or auto focus?

  14. I am fairly new in photography, and I have limited experience shooting but from what I do know in sunny situations you'd want your ISO the lowest (100) so the image doesn't lose any quality, correct? So, my question is: why is your ISO at 400? is there a specific reason that I may not know?

    Thank you in advance.

  15. OK…so new to all this. how do you deal with a living creature? walking thru the woods a few weeks ago I came across a pretty good sized snake on a raised side of the trail. I quickly grabbed my camera and took some photos. you don't always have the time or the ability to try a lot of photo angles to get the right photo composition. with a person or a pet you might be able to get them to stand still long enough. wildlife on the other hand, you can't just say "Stay" or "Sit" or "hang on while I try a few other shots". you have to take it at a moment's shot. do you just say…this will not make a good photo and skip it or do you take a photo for that moment?

  16. I loved this video, and it gave me confidence in shooting with subjects to one side! But, the best part, are the K-Swiss !

  17. As a wanna be photographer (in other words just got a camera and don't know much at all) I find your tutorials very informative.  You have a new subscriber.

  18. I have just purchased my first dslr camera , the Nikon D3000. Is it good? I just bought it because it was cheap. Still trying to learn manual.

  19. This is a great guide for a beginner or expert compositor. It starts off with the basics of extraction and how to shoot your subject and takes you all the way through creating wonderful composites for an array of different projects. It helped a great deal with my
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  20. Love your videos. Going to get my first DSLR soon and you have the best info about everything I've been looking for. Thanks and keep it up please.

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  22. I love these videos. They are funny and it's nice not to have to sit through 10 minutes of someone recording themselves in all their glory before sharing a useful tip. Thanks Jared!

  23. Excellent tutorial. I love the nifty way you explained Kermit, truly part of your family and turned this into a full blown photo shoot kind of.

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