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Composition in Photography in 3 Easy Steps

teacher avatar Kasia Banasiak, Photographer and mix-media artist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Choose Your subject

    • 3. Draw Attention To Your Subject

    • 4. Make It Simple

    • 5. Bonus lesson

    • 6. Class Project

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About This Class


Hello, my name is Kasia, I am a freelance photographer.

I have graduated from NYIP course in professional photography.

In my lessons, I would like to teach you useful techniques and how to apply them.

In this lesson, I’m going to share with you 3 things you always need to keep in mind when composing a picture.

Do you want to know how to take amazing pictures with your phone or any other camera?

Do you want to make your photography better than just a snapshot?

Do you want to consciously create an image instead of just hoping that your photo is going to come out ok?

In this lesson, I’m not only going to tell you those 3 guidelines.

I’m also going to explain what to do to achieve a desirable effect.

I’m going to explain how to make the subject of your image understandable to the viewer.

How to  focus viewer’s attention on what you are trying to say.

How to get across a simple message!

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Kasia Banasiak

Photographer and mix-media artist





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I have been photographing since 2007. That's when I decided to move to the UK and explore. Photography has always been my love, however, at the very beginning, I wasn't great. I was trying to learn how to become a professional photographer and develop my own style. After a few years of self-teaching, I've graduated from The New York Institute of Photography course in Professional Photography and Business. My focus is on portrait photography because I think you can tell so much by looking into someone's eyes.

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1. Intro: Hello, everyone. My name is Kasha and I'm a freelance photographer. Have graduated from New York is a total photography course in professional photography. This lesson I would like to teach you some simple tricks and techniques. How to take great pictures with any camera. You're gonna talk about composition. I'm gonna teach you how toe Choose the subject of your photograph. Talk to draw attention to yourself on how to simplify the composition. So it's understandable for the view way. It's really easy to dio once you know how. So The test date on droll to my class, okay? 2. Choose Your subject: every composition should have its subject. It doesn't only apply to photography in every visual art. The subject is the main point off the artwork. This decision has to be made. Determine what is the subject of your photograph. It's the first and the most important step you can take. Sometimes we want to capture what is happening. We don't have a day or two hours or sometimes even seconds to think what the subject off our photograph will be. In this case, we have to act quickly. Other times we can look around and find a subject of our photograph. It could be your cat city in a cute way. Happiness of the child playing outside Mr Used look in someone's eyes or I'm bid of the salary practice will give you an ability to make those decisions automatically, and art will become so much more fun. In this photograph, we can see two pigeons sitting together in a bowl. The subject of the photograph is of use as there is nothing else surrounding. I would say there's only one destructive element, which is a blue patch in the top right corner. Later on in the class, I'm gonna show you how to get rid of it or how to avoid for the graphing distractive elements. Originally in a picture, you could see other pigeons walking around. However, I didn't think they were supporting the general message off my picture. That's why I have cropped out. Only those two pigeons in post production Conclusion ISS. Know what your subject is? Make sure it's clear what your subject is, and I will teach you how to get the right message across in the next lesson, okay? 3. Draw Attention To Your Subject: the most fundamental rule off composition. Israel fates Imagine your frame is divided in nine equal parts aim to place the subject in a crossing space of those lines. When the picture does not tell the story, it confuses the viewer who leaves feeling a little bit annoyed or bored. It's all about simple message, like in this picture, the subject of the photograph. It's a roasty. The composition is rather simple. In the background, we can see wooden Buddha, which is studying that Asian Chinese. Look to it. If you successfully focus your attention on your subject, it will make them stop at your image and have a longer look. Now we're gonna talk about what are the ways to focus attention on your subject. For example, you can make the main subject off the image, the biggest in the composition. For example, in this picture, their main subject is my grandmother. That's why they are much smaller and they take up much less space in frame. If you want to fill in your frame your subject or make it the biggest frame, get closer to your subject or move it closer to you or you have a zoom lens just zooming in . You can also cup your image in the post production to make the subject of the photograph a pure, bigger. However, be careful because copying might also mean losing the quality. This picture had a few other beds around, so I had to carpet in post production. You can also place a subject in the first plan. There's some additional advice I want to give you. If your subject is looking to the left, make sure you leave enough empty space to the left side. If it's looking to the right, make sure leave enough space on the right side, generally saying whichever direction your subject is facing or looking at, there should be some empty space on that side. Let's don't forget about Rule Off Fades, which has been used in this picture as well. Even if we are using different techniques to focus attention on our subject, we should always remember about rule off foods. In this case, the subject will be placed in the right hand side off the picture because the person is looking to the left side. If we placed our subject on the left side and she would still be looking to the left side, you'd have empty space on the right side, which would make you. I feel that composition. It's not balanced in this picture to focus attention on my subject. I used to or felt they were field, and I've also made my subject the biggest in the photograph, and I placed it in the first plan. If we keep in mind that humans, I do the image from the bottom left to the top right corner, it will be easier for us to use leading lines to focus attention on our subject. What are the leading lines? Leading lines are lines which Joe attention to your subject. You could use anything. It could be a bridge ray ways, Street or any lives which showed the attention to your subject. You could also use that field as a technique to focus viewer's attention. The field is when the subject off the photograph is sharp and the background is blowed. How to do it well off. The easiest things you can do to achieve their full field is to position the subject you are goingto photograph as far away from any objects behind them as possible or use large aperture. What is the effect off lowering the lens aperture? Lower the number the more blue background will be. It might be a little bit confusing. Using large aperture, we are lower in the number and getting background, which is more blood to use. A shallow depth of field is very protecting for the portrait photography. Also, the closer you stand to your subject, the more blue in the background will be. To achieve that, you could also use a long lens. There's also great variety in a zoom lenses in the picture. On the left, you can see lens 72 200 millimeters on the right hand side lenses for 100 to 300 millimeters. This kind of lenses are great for close ups for nature or wildlife photography. Framing is also a great way to focus attention on your subject. You can frame with anything at any time back here. In this picture, I had to find my squeal with leaves. You can also emphasize with Carlos. The warm colors will get attention on your subject. The conclusion for this lesson is show the viewers attention to the subject of your photograph. Remain very about to love fades un. Remember to tell the story. Okay, use therefore field leading lines and large main subject frame. Your subject form calls to emphasize Get closer to your subject zooming in. 4. Make It Simple: try to keep your composition simple. Remove destructive objects, for example. In this case, it's a red dot in the left side of the picture. Carlos in this picture are the core and every not so red like in the left part. Read. Kahlo would be distracted. Close. It's warm color. You can get rid of it in photo shop. Using stamp, too. Choose the stamp toe, then right click and choose the size of it Massachusetts size. You can sample it by holding old and clicking on a good sample and then paint over it with the stamp toe. You can also get rid of destructive objects by changing point of view. Also, changing part of you will be the most effective, as you can apply it to right away. What are destructive elements? Distractive elements are lamenting the picture, which don't support to their own message. Like in this case, it will be a little bit off the magazine. Sticking out from the bottom right corner looks much better, isn't it? The only thing I've done it was changing the point of view. You will also get rid off destructive objects by copying your image. However, remember copying is losing quality. It also applies toe destructive Kahlo's. If you can remove it, change the point of view, crop it in photo shop, remove it with a stamp toe many ways you can get rid of destructive objects. Conclusion for this lesson is keep it simple. Remove unwanted objects, destructive elements and colors. Change the point of view. Crop raising post production. I would like to thank you for watching and invite you to the next lesson for this class, which is a bonus lesson. 5. Bonus lesson: in this lesson, we're gonna talk about pictures from the mobile phone on techniques applied, which helped tow determinate the subject and focused attention it. In this case, we can see the main subject of the picture. It's me. I'm the biggest in the photograph as a single object. Also, the colors are matching General message on. We also place the main subject in picture using First in this picture, the main object is the bridge. It's the brightest and most called for object in the picture. There also leading lines which are created by the barriers the only destructive element will get. Rid O is an orange I don't know, maybe boat sticking out from the left side. Right now, out both. We have to do it in post production on carpet out. In this case, subject of the photograph, it's arose. It's pretty obvious it's got the yellow Kahlo's really bridon picture. You also have the roses behind it. Don't we distract your attention because they're the same color? And they're suggesting that they're also going in the Rose Garden. So in this picture, we emphasize by size color on the field. In this picture, I was trying to use leading lines. Toe Joe, The attention to my subject. However, something is not right. Try to keep your main subject straight. Try to have a balance like here. We can see there's a little pathway coming out from the left bottom corner, drawing your attention to the main subject, which is a bridge in this case as well. I was using leading lines, but also the main subject of my photograph is the crisis in a photograph, as you can see can apply all those rules who learned my lessons to the pictures from other people as well. The conclusion is, doesn't matter what kind of camera you are using. If you apply those rules, you can take great pictures with any camera. 6. Class Project: in a project section. Remember, Know what your subject is? Your attention to your subject on simplify. Create a composition with what you have learned in this class using different techniques to draw the attention to a subject. Take a picture of this on. Don't forget to submitted under the project section of this class. Show your opinion with other students. Compare your work and comment on it. Abobo Have a great time creating your project.