Name: Aliyah White Date: 10/19/12 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.  can play a huge factor in making a blah photo into a fantastic one.

Composition techniques

Rule of thirds




Rule of thirds

How often has your mom or a friend put the subject in the middle of the picture? all the time Start placing your subjects in one of the thirds of the photo.

Imagine a _____________________________________________ board as you look through the viewfinder. The lines should divide the photo into _________________________________________________ vertically and horizontally. Where the ______________________________________________ is where you should place your subject.

Camera angle

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

If you at standing  height take pictures at  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 !

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 the same level as a person can give a more intimate connected feel.

A worm’s eye view is from below, looking up. It can make the subject look.


Lighting can easily alter the mood of a photo. You can take advantage of natural or artifical  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 to (1/40th or slower   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  to one area of the photograph.

They could be can be actual lines or simply objects or items that are fairly  straight and directing you to an certain direction  or simply or items that are fairly straight and  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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