Name: ________Perla Carrizales.__________________ 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 ______thirds_________





Leading ______lines_________

Rule of thirds

How often has your mom or a friend put the subject in the middle of the picture? __________ALL THE TIME ALL DAY ERRDAY________________________. Start placing your subjects in one of the __________thirds__________ of the photo.

Imagine a _____________tic tac toe________________________________ board as you look through the viewfinder. The lines should divide the photo into __________three quadrents_______________________________________ vertically and horizontally. Where the _____________lines interesect_________________________________ 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______________, STAPH!

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 area_________________________________.

Shooting at the ____________________________________ can give a more intimate, ___________________________ feel.

A ___________worms 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 ________natrual 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 _____an other item_________________________.


Having a motion blur can give your photo a _____fulid 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 line____________________ or simply _____objects_____________ or items that are fairly straight and ________directing ________________ 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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