Composition References

Your job is to take AT LEAST one good photo that demonstrates the composition techniques discussed in class. We have been learning about some concepts related to good photography composition. The in-class presentations and examples should have given you a good idea how to use these concepts, but here is a quick reference that may remind you of some: CompositionQuickReference

For each photo, you need to EXPLAIN not just the technique, but how it helps the photo. Explain what you did to incorporate the technique and how it makes the photo stronger. You must also be sure to take GOOD photos – don’t just shoot any old ugly item (garbage can, door handle, fire alarm, etc.) take your time and create a NICE photo!

Refer back to the Composition Techniques Examples and/or your notes, and/or the Internet to make sure that you understand each concept listed below.

Using an item or a willing person, you must demonstrate AND EXPLAIN each of the following:

  • Simplicity
  • Leading and Disappearing Lines
  • Filling Your Frame
  • Framing Your Subject
  • Symmetry
  • Perspective /Viewpoint
  • Reflections
  • Rule of Thirds

To make things a bit easier, you can use any of your previous photos (but they must be YOUR PHOTOS) to demonstrate.

Again, you may make a PowerPoint/KeyNote slideshow to demonstrate by placing the photo on the slide and above, below, or beside the photo, explaining how the technique is applied in the photo.



For this photo I wanted to look at the school from a different angle primarily so that I could fit in both signs, but I really like how it gives me a unique angle and a different perspective on the school. It also creates some neat leading/disappearing lines, as the roof of the school kind of leads the eye along the building.

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This is Jeremy. He’s awesome. For this photo I really wanted to focus on his face paint and the face he was making, so I filled the frame up as much as I could. There was a lot of background distraction (we were at a street festival) and I didn’t want anything to draw the viewer’s attention away.


This is a photo of the world’s biggest cross, on top of the mountain that gives Montreal its name. I positioned the vertical part of the cross along the right “third” line, and put the actual cross part at the top right intersection of the lines. This draws your attention to that point, as it is the most interesting part of the photo.


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