Composition & Framing - Step 7 & 8


Children's Posing Guide


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Composition & Framing - Step 7 & 8

A lot of people will call composition and framing something uh kind of a synonymous with each other composition framing the same thing they're not composition and I don't I don't care that much what do you use it but I do what I distinguish a little bit for this part and then later we won't break it apart so much but composition is basically everything in your frame how it goes together so if I'm taking a photograph of this audience um how far apart are close are you to each other how far close are you from? Your backdrop is therefore ground in it where are you put in the frame that's all composition framing is now that I have you and some space which angle of my choosing to shoot this from my going far back am I going lo um I going high am I going to the side there's a distinction between composition of framing even though in general we use them interchangeably because there it's basically about how everything looks in the image when you put it together so composition is about form an...

d or forms colors, lines, shapes, textures, patterns the relationship of everything to each other and you the photographer get to choose how they relate to each other and thoughtful composition from my perspective it showcases the difference between snapping a picture and crafting an image that expresses something emotional, authentic, beautiful striking, visually compelling composition can change the whole thing and have you ever seen that? Have you ever seen an image where it looks like everything's almost there but the compositions awkward and you're like I were so close you're right, it was just and overall composition is a form of organization it's where you put thinks it's that simple it's the act of arranging shapes and negative spaces, and contrast and colors and lines to be something that you feel is significant or pleasing to the viewer and it's in it. And I think that well, I'm making this up because I don't know this next thing for sure but I think if it's not true, it should be composition is similar to composing music dick where does everything go? How does it sound when it comes together? What's the impact on the listener I think it's the same thing visually it's composition where does everything go? How does it look? What it goes together what's the impact on the viewer that was that's why? My notes I just came up with that. Um okay. So a simple note on composition if imagine all these lollipops weren't there? How interesting his image cute girl challenge down sugar it's fine you put all these little pops of color and now suddenly the composition becomes a little more interesting, right? And when you're looking at a frame, if everything seems like it's mostly there what's missing what can you put in or take out to make a difference? And as long as we're talking about composition, one of the main things I see in a lot of images is a need to take things out it's a need to de clutter or if composition is a form of organization one of the critical components of organization is decluttering what I think is how can we take everything out this image so that's what's what's left has the most impact on power most images suffer from poor composition that's the result of clutter framing okay, so I told you the difference what I think between framing just to clarify them. So if composition is where everything fits in a frame um framing is kind of the angle that you take when you shoot the same thing so I could close up and crop in do I go far back? Do I square off? Do I pull back to the side and put them in the bottom right hand corner within four seconds? You've got a lot of different looks of the same exact subject depending on how you chose to frame it if I'm going straight on right into the face, I'm going really down low and bring in a lot of foreground to kind of have the look of a tiger coming in about to eat a toddler. You get to choose that that's composition, that's framing you. Does that make a difference? But you see that if you start to separate those two in your head a little bit, you have a lot more power over creating variety in your images. Think about composition as one step and framing as another, and you'll find that you have a lot more creative freedom to say. Okay, I've done that now. How could I do this part?

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