Photography Composition Wildlife Workshop Part Two
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- Composition is the placement of the subject with in the photograph that is pleasing to the viewer. Keeping the viewer interested in the image, and keeping the viewers attention.
- A set of rules that prevents the random placement of items with in a contained space.
- The components of an image.
The foreground should Support your subject, frame your subject and hold it with in the image. In wildlife photography, unlike landscapes, normally your foreground is more of a platform for your subject. In most cases it will be in soft focus, except directly below the subject.
5. Rule of thirds
Divide the frame up into two lines across the image vertically and two lines horizontally . At the four cross sections where these lines intersect is the point where your subject should be placed.
Remember to take the horizon line into consideration by placing it in the upper or lower line of the rule of thirds. The horizon line should never be placed in the middle of the image. If you have a great sky, place the horizon line on the lower third. If you have a great foreground place the horizon line on the upper third.
When you place your subject in the center of the image with equal space on two or four sides it becomes symmetrical .
This can be very effective when creating close up images where the eyes are looking directly into the camera.
7. Triangles and Common shapes
When possible, build your composition in the form of a recognizable shape. It will add to the viewers experience. Such as a triangle or rectangle. These are shapes that the human eye and brain recognizes and provides a nice experience for the viewer.
8. Uneven number of subjects.
This is a tricky one, as in most cases of wildlife photography there is no control over the number of subjects. This is not a hard fast rule at all. Just a helpful hint for when it is possible.