Nikon d800 Princeton

Started Dec 31, 2013 | Photos thread
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Re: Some things to think about when composing...

Robin Casady wrote:

Some things to think about when composing in camera:

1. What is the purpose of the picture? What are you trying sho/say? How effective does the composition do that?

2. Is there a center of interest? Most compositions need one. People want something to focus their attention on. The CofI helps tell the viewer what the image is about. Without it a viewer can feel somewhat lost.

3. Where is the CofI placed in the frame? Is it in a visually comfortable location? People will tell you about the Rule-of-Thirds, but it is often a little off.

I downloaded the below image and applied the Rule of Thirds grid overlay to it and the small square was exactly where the grid lines intersect.  So that diagram is the Rule of Thirds...minus the all-important grid lines.

There are more pleasing geometric rules that have been used since before the Parathion was built. Google: "dynamic symmetry in photography"

A quick rule I was taught for a good placement of the CofI was to visualize a diagonal line from one corner of the frame to another. Then imagine a line from another corner that hits that diagonal at right angles. This gives you four possible CofI locations in the frame.

Exactly what the Rule of Thirds grid does, except the RoT grid is a better aid for composing since any point along the grid lines, and not just the 4 points, is also visually pleasing.

It works best with a frame that has the proportions of a golden rectangle, but the FX frame is close enough. It does not work with a square frame. This is just a starting point, not a hard rule.

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