Excercise 1.2 Point

” How you build a picture, What a picture consists of, how shapes are related to each other, how spaces are filled, how the whole thing must have a kind of unity”– Paul Strand.

We (photographers) are given a ‘frame’ to fill. How shapes, objects and lines relate to each other and relate to the confines of the frame is what creates good composition. The result is a visually pleasing record. ‘For a natural photographer composition is instinctive’ (Michael Freeman-The Photographers Eye) For others it can be learnt. ‘The rule of thirds’ divides the frame into 9 equal segments. Placing the point of interest at the intersections or within the ‘third’ balances the image.

The rule of thirds places the tree & distance at the intersections of the frame.

The rule of thirds places the tree & distance at the intersections of the frame.

The composition in this image when the point is central is made stronger when the picture is cropped to a landscape. This increases the focal point and eliminates any water or sky lacking in interest.

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