Name:______Erick Coca___________________________________________________________ Date: _____10/19/2012_____ Period: ___3___

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-toe____________________________________ 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 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 ___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 object_________________________.


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____________________ 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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