elements of photography notes

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: _Alexus Moreno_________________________________________________________________ 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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