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Art of Photography: Photography composition made simple

teacher avatar Sergey Kasimov, Creative Online Entrepreneur

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11 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. About this course

    • 2. Art of experimentation

    • 3. Depth and Perception

    • 4. Framing an image

    • 5. Background and composition

    • 6. Rule of Thirds

    • 7. Cropping your picture

    • 8. Viewpoint and photography

    • 9. Symmetry and Patterns

    • 10. Leading lines

    • 11. Balancing elements

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About This Class

Art of Photography: Photography composition made simple

Photography is an art not a science that said a few guidelines exist to

help guide you to make amazing pictures. This course will cover all you 

need to know and how to use it to make amazing composition pictures

that will impress any onlooker. 

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Sergey Kasimov

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1. About this course: Hello, everybody. My name is so gay, and I'm a photographer in this class that I'm actually gonna be teaching you, which is called The Art of Photography. I'm gonna be showing you all the skills that are necessary to compose an amazing looking picture. Such a sum that actually created myself. So I'll be going into what it takes to compose an amazing picture. I'll be showing you the out of photography, what you have to do to take the pictures themselves. We will go into the most important woes about photography, and this close is gonna be lots of fun. So make sure you join. Then sign up and check it out. See you on the inside. 2. Art of experimentation: another concept of photography is called experimentation. What it really means is quite simple, because you can take unlimited pictures with your digital phone. Oh, your actual camera, because it's on digital. You shouldn't really worry about taking their long image. You can always go and the read it after. So what do you have to do is quite simple. Take different images and you never know which one is going to come out to be working. Absolutely amazing. In fact, your creativity is the number one thing that's going to get so much better by experimenting with different stuff because you just don't know what kind of style is gonna walk for you and which one you want to keep on developing. And in fact, with photography, there was no limit. It's going up to you to decide what kind of style you wanna walk on and to perfect yourself . Because really photography is really all about you. You're the one who is taking pictures. You're the artist, and you're your own judge off your own work. What other people say if they like or dislike about that still opinion. Your walk is yours, so you have to be unique. You have to be different. You have to experiment with different kinds of ways to take pictures and the best way for you to get better and photography is to keep on shooting different images and keep on trying to do different things. 3. Depth and Perception: As you know, photography is a two dimensional medium, and when it comes to adapt and perception, when you're actually out there in the field, working at the image itself, you are looking at a three dimensional image. When you take a picture, it becomes a two dimensional one. So what do you have to do is to create an image that's going to actually convey a free dimensional element toe a two dimensional picture. To do this collective, what you have to do is tow. Find objects in the picture itself. That's gonna help your eye shape the picture and see it in a free dimensional kind of way. One of the best ways for you to do this is to find things for you to focus in the image itself. In this one, I used a few humans who actually will visiting this cave, and when you're working at the picture itself and you're focusing on this whole giant rock formation that you can really see the magnitude off this image because it does include the humans Indo. But you don't just have toe use humans. You can use just about anything. You can use vehicles you can use animals. You can use anything else that actually shows the magnitude off the object that you're taken. And it makes it much easier for people to follow along, including with the rock formations. You can actually see the different kind of rails off the walk, and then you can see the green scrubs over there as well. And it helps with your eye from a do dimensional image to see it quake affray, dimensional image that it actually is. 4. Framing an image: over here, we're going to be exploring for aiming to take actual objects that are in the picture itself and to use it to our advantage to make the image look so much more waif like and better. What you're doing here is quite simple. As you can see, this particular bridge has already something that works like a flame. And what you need to do is tow. Adjust the image itself to work like it goes naturally with this particular object itself. So when that press on straight, and as you can see, I already when I took this image itself, tried toe align my camera to make it look as if it's already straighten out. So what you're really doing is your focusing on an image that draws your eye naturally to the main point of interest, which is this orange like object. And this orange like object was actually beating. As you can see, it was repeating a lot of times from over hell, and it keeps him becoming bigger and bigger and bigger. So what I did actually used their natural framing that the cause in the image itself and it made the composition and the way it works. Like to walk a lot more natural and what more better. So when you look at this picture, you're naturally drawn toe only one orange frame here, you're not drawn toe all the west of them you're actually looking at it weighed on. So that is the whole nature of you to use frames to your own advantage to make the picture appeal so much battle by actually aligning it naturally. 5. Background and composition : the background itself is one of the most crucial things that's going to make your image. It'll look amazing or walk this brand or Boeing. You don't wanna have images that are boring working. You want them to be animated interesting and tell a story. The background itself, as you can see over here, makes this picture a lot more interesting. It looks like this board is actually climbing on top off the books themselves. So the background actually enhances the image itself. Voices in another picture. Here we have a pretty bowling background that doesn't actually tell much of a story. So what you want to do is to make sure that when you're taking a picture, you want to make sure the background itself makes the image work a lot better. And the worse thing that you can actually dio is to use background that makes the image look a lot wars, and it actually distracts or make somebody not really interested in looking at this image at all. So, as you can see, here is another image itself. Why have an interesting looking green background and it shows the depth to this image itself. On the other hand, you can easily get an image that has a different kind of background That doesn't really work that good with the image itself. Over here we have a rabbit and they have background. But the focus in it, like in the back here, is not that Well, so what it does. It kind of distracts you from the image itself. But you can easily fix it by going in and zooming in into what you want people to actually take a look at, which is the animal itself. So now the background is actually not going actually against you, and it's actually working for you in this particular image. 6. Rule of Thirds: for real life applications off the wolf thoughts. What you want to do is to highlight what exactly the views themselves are actually going to be drawn to. So instead of them just looking at random things in the image itself, you want them to focus on one image went over the background in the image itself to actually get everybody's attention toe only one particular object to show you what I mean by this is quite simple. And right now I put the greed on just to actually show you. So the boat itself is actual high white off this particle image, everything else hell is just the background that makes the image even better. So when somebody is looking at this image itself, I want them to notice the bridge. I want them to notice the background like hell with the water tower. And I want them to notice the water after they look at this image itself. I want them all to be drawn eventually to the boat because that is the highlight off the image itself. So, using the warf toads, I actually placed the image itself using those nine squares. As you can see, those nine schools that I actually decided to put the boat into. Everything else has the background image indo. So when somebody is looking at this image, the boat itself is actually high white. Because that is the way you use the wall off thoughts correctly. Let me show you something else. But what I mean by that exactly. So instead, off doing this, what you could potentially dough and you want to use the wolf towards a little different is to highlight just the boat itself using the wolf thought. So I'm gonna actually be doing this and by stating it and right here you can actually see The boat itself is even more highlighted with the wolf towards. So you don't want people to look at anything about the image eventually, But you want them to be drawn into the image graduate. This is the correct way to actually do the wolf thoughts 7. Cropping your picture: cropping is another technique that you can use to get an image to be much more battle. What's gonna happen is a lot of times there was so much stuff that is going on in the picture itself that it gets lost because of the background noise. So for you to be able to take amazing picture, there was two things that you can actually do. One is to use their zoom feature of your camera if you actually have one. Well, oh, if you have it on the smartphone, a way for you to zoom in. If you don't have it, you can just get a lot closer to the image itself. And what it's gonna be doing is it's naturally zooms in to the seller because you stand much closer to it. So in this scene itself, instead of me standing far away, right, healed, what I'm actually going to be doing is moving much close. Oh, and then I'm gonna lose all their needed background off this image itself and just keep the most important things off the image in dark. This is what you can actually do. So there's two ways we had Lewis. One is post processing you actually go and take the image itself and you edited and use the crop toe. The second way is for you to come in and then take the image itself by coming as close as you can to the picture and just making sure you're taking an image off what you actually need to cover and all the other noise, the background that has no suitable use for this image. You're just not taking it. So compelled the two images together, this one. Well, I take exactly what this image supposed to convey. The beach scene voice is the previous one. While it shows a lot off back on noise that's not really needed to highlight the attention to the image itself. 8. Viewpoint and photography: sometimes what makes a Lego image to be a lot more Bello is the actual viewpoint over. He'll actually went toe this pull itself and I took a picture of it off the flagpole from the bottom of it with a wide angle lens on. When you look at the sky, it really looks amazing. This is not something that you can actually see in any kind of picture itself, because you with your own eyes, you can't actually view the world with the same eyes as a wide angle camera can actually dio. Which means that the viewpoint itself over an image could be totally enhanced and make it so much battle by using on unconventional way of taking images. And it's either by using different kind of ones is that the human eye cannot actually see exactly why. Get, oh, you can actually stand in a way and take a picture and make it look a little different than normally somebody can actually see it as, and that definitely enhances and makes the picture so much more better working 9. Symmetry and Patterns: symmetry or paddle ins is another way for you to take images and make them stand out more. As you can see over here, though, is a bunch of haystacks that keep on repeating in the background itself. So what you want to do, you want to focus on the stacks themselves and use them to enhance the image itself and to make it more natural looking and interesting. So this is one way for you to take a Lego image and to make it no at more interesting by focusing on whatever patterns that already happening in the image itself. And when you take those images is sometimes it's much better for you to get as close as you can to the image so you can get a much better work to it. And of course, it works out at more magnificent and better. If you go up close to the image itself and you take it and then take advantage off natural symmetry that actually cause in the image itself and to make the image stand out and make it look a lot more natural and better 10. Leading lines: when you're taking a picture, your eye itself is naturally drawn to the different kind of warrants that naturally exist in the image itself. Over here we have a deck, and with this doc itself, when you're really working at it, your eye is being drawn to the different ways that this dak actually moves are wrong. So it's either tries to zoom into it by looking at the details off this particular object itself. Oh, is trying to zoom away, form it by looking at the comprehension off the whole scene. Hell, and sometimes this phenomenon is actually helping you to compose the image and make it work so much better. In fact, sometimes your eye itself is being drawn toe something in this image itself, such as this human standing on this deck itself. So those lines are actually helping to compose the image and make it so much better. In fact, this particle image itself you could actually go about and take many different shots here and still have an amazing, breathtaking image because you're using the natural lines that already exist in the deck and using it to your own advantage to take images that out naturally drawn to your eye and make it look so much more battle for anyone who is looking at this image itself. So either they're working at the attack itself there, working at the human standing, on top of the deck, at the boat, all the crowds over the sunset or even the water itself. Everything. Hell has a natural tendency off having a different kind of lines, reading lines that make this image just stand out and look so much more battle. 11. Balancing elements: balancing elements. What it really is is using different things in the background of the image itself, to make the image stand out and to make it work about fellow. In fact, if it wasn't for those different images that actual included in it, the image would seem so bland. And Boeing, for example, in this particle image itself. If you're just looking at it, what you're gonna be seeing is the human over here and a little bit over forwards background. Now, if I didn't have that much off the viewpoint off the clouds themselves, the picture would seem really, really Boeing. And to show you it right here. As you can see, this works just blowing. It doesn't look interesting to make the image itself work a lot more interesting. You have to include different kind of elements that make the picture tell a story and make it seem a lot more interesting.