HOW: Take your photos from basic to complex by taking pictures that follow certain "rules" to make them better. Once these ideas appear in your images you will know you are successful.

WHAT: 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.


In this quarter's photo essay you will be examining your own daily routine. Do you ride the bus? Brush your teeth in the morning or at night? Do you play video games or watch TV when you get home? The catch for this quarter is ALL the photos need to be taken the same day, one day in your life. To get full points make sure to use the composition techniques you learn this quarter. 

A Day In Your Life: 

 A Photo Essay

In this assignment you will look through photo magazines to find an example of all the elements and principles of design. Cut them out and put them on a vision board!



Principles of Composition

For this project you will need to do a couple of things. First, watch both videos and take notes using the note guide. Then when you have a good grasp on the principles of composition take the composition quiz to test your knowledge. Finally, take 1 photo demonstrating each of the 9 principles of composition: 

Rule of thirds- Leading Lines-Diagonals- Framing- Figure to Ground- Fill the frame- 

Center Dominant Eye- Patterns & Repetition- Symmetry


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


Non-Person Focused Fill the Frame x3


P.S. This guys voice is just...the worst

Watch these Videos First!


Subject Focused Rule of Thirds x3


Landscape Focused Rule of Thirds x3


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. 


A viewer needs to know immediately what the subject is and what the background is. The technical term for these things is positive/ negative space. Positive space is where you want people to look, negative is wherever your subject is not, you don't want viewers to look here. For this project you will take 3 images that demonstrate positive negative space. 


Negative Space Photos x3


Leading line help lead your viewer to the subject, or guide them through the image on some visual path. In this project you will be creating three images that utilizes lines to lead to the subject, make sure you don't forget the subject. 


Leading Lines Photos x5


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, 

Watch these Videos First!

Perspective Photos x5


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!

Framing Photos x3


Repetition can be a great tactic for creating interesting images. Mix a strong subject with repetition and you have a recipe for a great and strong image!


Repetition Photos x3



Symmetry Photos x3

Symmetry doesn't necessarily mean butterfly, it is the balancing of elements in your photos so that the photo doesn't "tip" to one side or the other unintentionally. In the examples below you can see that the photos are not always symmetrical but always have multiple elements or subjects that create a balanced composition.