10-19 Elements of Photography Assignment

Copy and paste the notes below in the blog section of your MediaXperiments account, as Ms. BARRILLEAUX shows you the Power Point type the answers in the blanks. You need to publish the notes when you are finished. We will do the photography part of the assignment on Tuesday.


Name: _____________Joe Luu__________ Date: _____10/19/12_ Period: _3rd__

PhotoJournalism –

Elements of Photography Notes

Photography is all about ____capturing a moment__.  And there are a lot of ways you can play a factor in how that moment is captured. ____Composition__ can play a huge factor in making a blah photo into a fantastic one.

Composition techniques

Rule of _______Lighting________





Leading _______________

Rule of thirds

How often has your mom or a friend put the subject in the middle of the picture? __________Forget the middle_______. Start placing your subjects in one of the ________thirds____________ of the photo.

Imagine a ______tic tac toe board____ board as you look through the viewfinder. The lines should divide the photo into ________three quadrants______ vertically and horizontally. Where the __intersect____ is where you should place your subject.

Camera angle

___Angle____ can make a subtle or a sharp difference in the look of your photo.

If you _____always_______ take pictures at ___a standing height______, STOP!

Crouch down low. Get even ____lower_______. Lay down on the floor. Get up _______higher____. Stand on a chair or a table. Just try a __________different angle_____________!

A ______bird’s eyes view_____ is from above, looking down on the subject. It will make the subject look smaller and can show more _____expansive area__________.

Shooting at the __same level as the person_ can give a more intimate, __connected______ feel.

A _______worm’s eye view________ is from below, looking up. It can make the subject look ____bigger________.


Lighting can easily alter the __alter the mood___of a photo. You can take advantage of __natural light_ or ______artificial____to light your subject.

Or to not light your subject.


Using __objects_ to frame the subject can lead the viewer’s eye right where you want it.

The object can be as simple as a ___door____ or a window or ____another item________.


Having a motion blur can give your photo a _fluid look_____, help the viewer __feel__ the movement. You can slow the ___shutter speed down_____   (_____1/40th____ or slower) by itself or you can ___pan_____ as well. Using a ______monopod_____, tripod or something to set the camera is necessary when using slow shutter speeds.

Leading lines

Just like it sounds, an object or objects in the frame ____direct your eye___ to one area of the photograph.

They could be ____actual lines___ or simply __objects__ or items that are fairly straight and ___directing you__ in a certain direction.

Your assignment

Use each composition technique in two different photo

(every photo should be different! Not the same subject!.) Put all 12 photos in a PowerPoint, labeling each slide with the technique used. Include a title slide. Place in 3rd/4th period Photojournalism  folder on the server, save as “Lastname_composition.”

Rule of thirds





Leading Lines

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