Elements of Photography Assignment and Notes

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: _____Emma Mele______________________________________ 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. __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 ____tick-tack-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 ___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 _____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 item________.



Having a motion blur can give your photo a __fluid___________, help the viewer __feel______ the movement. You can slow the _____shudder 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 you eyes________ to one area of the photograph.

They could be __actual lines_________ or simply ___objects___________ or items that are fairly straight and ___direct___________ 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

save as “lastname_composition”

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