# Tedolph opinion.

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Actually, these are all....

tedolf wrote:

mh2000 wrote:

tedolf wrote:

mh2000 wrote:

Ok, you've been kind of dick replying to some of my image posts, but still, I'll help you out. (Recognizing that you don't see my genius in composition! Hahaha!). Still these are good rules:

Avoid any lines entering a frame through the corner.

Avoid any lines that are almost plumb... if they are going to be at an angle make them at a decisive angle, if they should be vertical or horizontal, make them vertical or horizontal.

Only use the Rule of Thirds as a starting point, the whole image must end up balanced.

Understand the concept of a center of gravity and use it for composition. People subconsciously perceive the c.g. of expanses.

Look for interesting series/ratios in an image's elements, we respond to pleasing frequencies in images as we do in music.

No matter what, we will try to find 3 distinct dominant elements in any image... angles between the centroids (c.g.'s) of these elements should line at angles of roughly 30 or 60 degrees (I've never measured this, you have to work with overall balance in your frame, so just use this as starting point like the rule of 3rds).

Manage edge elements carefully. You want the flow of anyone's attention to stay within the frame of your image.

... those came off the top of my head.

Happy shooting!

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good tips, some of which I did not know.

Can you explain the CG rule a bit?

I am not sure I am following you.

Teodlph

I'm just saying, in the absence of distinct points of interest that the mind will perceive the c.g. of a negative area as that point and if you are aware of these points you can use them for better composition... especially when trying to create a flow around 3 elements in your frame.

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Still not following. I was trained in engineering so C.G. has a mathematical meaning to me.

I am aware in portrait photography that you should group peoples' heads in batches of three so that they form a triangle.

You mean something like that?

tEdolph

Precisely! If you are shooting a subject that doesn't have definite objects like people's heads, but you do have large irregular shapes, estimate the c.g.s of these shapes and treat them like a head! Somethings in nature photography etc. this actually is a useful concept... anyway, it seems to help my photos and i've never heard anyone else mention it.

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