Quarter 2: Fundamental Composition & Lighting
Driving Objective: To learn the fundamentals of composition in photography through rule of thirds, balance, symmetry, leading lines, and perspective. To see how the elements and principles of design connect and help to create dynamic and interesting images.
For warm-ups this quarter we will be looking at work form the top 30 most famous photographers of all time. These photographers changed how the world perceived photography as an art form and means of expression. Many times these photographers challenge the very meaning of art and and what a photograph IS. For each image analyze the TECHNICAL, CREATIVE, AND IDEA of each image.
FILL THE FRAME
What is the subject? What is the subject? What is the subject? This is the first and most basic question to every composition. If the viewer is confused what the subject is then the photo is already off to a bad start. This technique is simple. Fill the shot with your subject and minimizes anything that is not your subject!
Person Focused Fill the Frame x3
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Non-Person Focused Fill the Frame x3
RULE OF THIRDS
The Rule of Thirds is a good starting point for photography but by no means an absolute rule. The two vertical lines on the grid should be used to position your subject. The horizontal lines should be used to position your sky in landscapes specifically. For this project you will take 3 images using the vertical lines and 3 landscape images using the horizontal lines.
Subject Focused Rule of Thirds x3
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Landscape Focused Rule of Thirds x3
Using speedlights can be a great way of making your photographs stand out. Photography is about light and using light in creative ways! For this assignment you will take 3 photos using color gels on speedlights. Make sure to underexpose for the background.
Low key lighting involves low lighting on a dark background without losing light on your subject. In this assignment you will create 3 low key lighting portraits that show contrast and are not simply dark photos.
How many times do you take pictures just standing up? In this assignment we are going to get creative! In this assignment you have to take FIVE images from all different angles. The only rule is that you cannot stand up and take a picture normally. Lay down, look up, look down, tilt,
Framing & Cropping
Framing and Cropping are important aspects of photography. This simple technique can help make your photos more dynamic! For this assignment I want you to take three photos using framing and three photos cropped to make them more dynamic. For the cropping photos include both before and after images to show that you cropped the photos to be more dynamic and interesting!
REAR CURTAIN SYNC & STROBO
Rear curtain sync happens when the flash goes off at the END of the shutter as opposed to before. Any ambient light that occurs in your long shutter speed will be recorded. For this assignment you will attach a color gel to a constant light and with a long shutter and a rear curtain flash take 1 moving images. Stroboscopic is an effect where the flash goes off multiple times.