Category Archives: Composition

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Composition Principles: Hierarchy and Gradation

Previous post: Dominance or Emphasis. Gradation is a  gradual change, an increase or decrease in the strength of  visual elements such as value (brightness or darkness), color, saturation, clarity, texture or sharpness. Gradation can add a feeling of […]

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Composition Principles: Dominance/Emphasis

Previous post: Composition Principles: Symmetry and Balance. Perhaps the most obvious principle of composition, dominance or emphasis can instantly create a focal point in your image. It is the largest, darkest,  brightest or most colourful aspect […]

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Composition Principles: Symmetry and Balance

Previous: Principles of Composition Symmetry is from the Greek symmetria, meaning, “…agreement in dimensions, due proportion, arrangement“. So while the original intent seems to be more about proportion–how a part relates to the whole– today many […]

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Principles of Composition

Previous article in this series: Finding the Frame The principles and elements of design first came to my attention years ago when I began studying horticulture and landscaping. We learned that there are certain concepts and […]

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Composition: Finding the Frame

Previous article in this series: Assessing the Subject “Finding the frame” seems to be what composition is all about, but it is different because it concerns the image ‘container’ rather than how elements inside the […]

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Composition: Assessing the Subject

Previous article in this series: What is ‘Composition’?  Unless you are a dedicated ‘snapshooter’ (a grab-shottist?), photography is a mind game. While not all subjects give you time to go through a long process to determine […]

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What is Composition?

Previous article: Photography and Composition In the visual arts, ‘composition’ is the arrangement of elements within a work. In photography, good composition supports the subject and makes it more visually appealing. Depending on the motivation […]

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The photo you have vs. the photo you wanted

When you understand photography and your camera intimately, you are more likely to get the photographs you want. Newcomers to photography are often disappointed by their results because the excitement provided by the subject has […]

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