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: __________________________________________________________________ Date: __________ Period: ______

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 __thirds__________





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 _____thirds_______________ of the photo.

Imagine a ______tic tac toes_______________________________________ board as you look through the viewfinder. The lines should divide the photo into ___________three 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 _______bird’s eye 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__________________________ can give a more intimate, ______connected_____________________ feel.

A _______worm’s eye level_______________________ 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________________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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