Name: ___Jacoby Lloyd-Jackson_______________________________________________________________ Date: ______10/19/12____ Period: ____4__

PhotoJournalism –

Elements of Photography Notes

Photography is all about __capturing the 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 ________3rd’s_______





Leading ___lines____________

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 _______3rd’s_____________ of the photo.

Imagine a _________________________tic tac toe____________________ board as you look through the viewfinder. The lines should divide the photo into __________3 quadrants_______________________________________ vertically and horizontally. Where the _______________________lines 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 ________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 ____birds eye view______________________________________ is from above, looking down on the subject. It will make the subject look smaller and can show more _____expansive are_____________________________________.

Shooting at the ___same level as the person_________________________________ can give a more intimate, _connected__________________________ feel.

A ___womans eye view___________________________ is from below, looking up. It can make the subject look __bigger______________________.


Lighting can easily alter the _mood________________of a photo. You can take advantage of __natural light__________________________ or _artificial light_______________________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_______________________________   (_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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