Photographic Composition Composition-An arrangement of forms, lines and elements in a picture design. *Notice the connection with the rules of art (elements end principles)! Six Ideas for Good Composition: Unity 1) Simplicity 2) Rules of Thirds 3) Line 4) Balance 5) Framing 6) Mergers 1) Simplicity: Emphasis -Keep your subject the center of interest. -Give the picture the most visual attention with uncomplicated backgrounds. -Concentrate one subject at a time. -Change your point of view from another angle or move in closer. 2) Rules of Thirds: Space -Place verticals off center. -Place horizontals above or below the center of the picture. -Consider a path for a moving object so they aren’t moving out of the picture. 3) Line: -Create a path for viewer’s attention, such as diagonal lines as “Leading Lines” -Repeating lines draw you attention to the main subject. (Rhythm) -A triangle or shape adds strong visual unity to a picture. -Curved lines create a peaceful and relaxed feeling. 4) Balance: -An arrangement of color, shapes, dark and light areas (value) in a complementary way adds to a well balanced picture. -Asymmetrical balance is more interesting to look at. -Symmetrical balance tends to divide the viewers attention. -Formal and informal poses are good balance. 5) Framing: -Framing objects in the foreground (space) gives the picture depth. Form -Trees and objects are used to frame the center of interest. (Proportion) 6) Mergers: -Border Mergers always leave space around the figures; don’t cut them at the hands and feet. -Near Mergers, objects close together steal attention from the main subject.