and learn how the operation of each control alters the
results carefully to see if they meet your expectations.
With experience and knowledge of your equipment, you
concentrate on composition. Devote serious study to the
magazine articles on composition. You should analyze
various media: motion pictures, TV, magazines, books
and newspapers, and evaluate what you see. What is
good about this picture or that TV image? What is bad
about it? What principles of good composition could
you apply in a different way to make the picture better.
ensure good composition in every photograph. There are
only the principles and elements that provide a means
of achieving pleasing composition when applied
properly. Some of these principles and elements are as
similar and overlap one another a great deal.
you can develop a sense of composition, and your
consideration and application of the principles will
become almost second nature. This is not to suggest that
you can allow yourself to become complacent or
careless in the application of the principles of
composition. Doing so will be immediately obvious
because the results you produce will be snapshots, not
attracted. Subordinate elements within the picture must
support and focus attention on the principal feature so it
puzzling to a viewer. Subsequently, the viewer becomes
confused and wonders what the picture is all about.
When the picture has one, and only one, dominant "point
of interest," the viewer quickly understands the picture.
term point of interest prevents giving the impression that
the center of interest should be located in the center of
When there is nothing in the picture to attract attention
to a particular area or object, the eyes wander throughout
the scene. The center of interest may be a single object
or numerous ones arranged so attention is directed to
one definite area
such as a white sail against a background of dark water,
attention is attracted immediately to it. As may be
expected, not all subjects are as simple to arrange or as
bold and impressive.
within the picture area to draw or direct attention to the
lines, shapes, human figures, tone, and texture.
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