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Internal Composition

Lesson 6 from: Capture and Edit Photos of People in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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6. Internal Composition

Jared shows you how to further simplify your portrait editing by shooting with an internal composition in mind. How is this different from the rule of thirds? What are the challenges?

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Internal Composition

So while I'm photographing and keeping that basic composition in mind, I'm also thinking about internal composition. Now internal composition is a little bit more complicated and a little bit harder to pay attention to while your photographing. Especially when you're photographing people. And sometimes people forget that there are poles sticking directly out of people's heads or there are weird lines that lead right in to someone's ear. And so those types of things can be very distracting to a photograph and that's called internal composition. It's how the internal elements of a photograph relate to each other. For instance you can see that there's a pole right down behind Indy. And if I'm not careful, I could put that right on top of her head and it would make for a less good composition. The other thing I'm paying attention to is the gray container on that train car is a really great frame to put Devon inside of. So it's almost an internal frame that she's inside of in the photograph...

. And as long as I keep shifting around I can find all of those internal elements. And then sometimes I'll find something that I really can't get rid of because I want to keep the sky but I want to get rid of say a telephone pole. That's something I can remove later inside of Lightroom or even Photoshop. So I'm not gonna concern myself too much with that when I'm dealing with composition. As long as it looks like it's simple to remove, I'm gonna favor the composition over excluding that element.

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