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Compositional Device Project

This project you will be capturing a series of nine images of a theme of your own choice using the nine types of compositional devices discussed from the powerpoint presentation link.

Below are additional examples as to how these compositional devices work within the presentation of a image:

BALANCE: This can be a vertical balance (top and bottom) or horizontal balance (left to right)

FILL THE FRAME: Filling the frame with the subject

FOLLOW THE EYES: This can be from a person or statue

FRAMING: The use of other objects to surround the main subject

LEADING LINES: A literal or implied line is formed throughout your composition that helps the viewer move throughout your image

LINES: The use of diagonals, horizontal, vertical, or curved lines that dominate the image to harmonize with the main subject

POINT OF PERSPECTIVE: The vantage point the viewer takes on can be either high or low

RULE OF THIRDS: By aligning the main subject onto the thirds of your picture either vertically or horizontally forces you to take the main subject away from the corners and center

SYMMETRY AND PATTERN: By finding repeating structures or patterns within your image and harmonizing it with the main subject, or making it your main subject

By having a structure to composing your images, you now need to identify what you want to take pictures of. You may choose whatever theme that inspires you. Ideas to help you formulate a theme can be found under the RESOURCES section in the right panel and click on either PHOTO IDEAS, RSS FEEDS, BLOGS & SITES for added suggestions.

SInce we are returning from Interim trips from near and abroad, an obvious choice would be to use the destination from your trip as the theme to this project.

Please complete the following before you start taking pictures and make a blog post:

  • Your theme idea
  • A plan of action (how you are going to capture the images) -Describe the location, environment, camera settings, and props needed to capture the pictures
  • 3 images as inspiration to the theme (be sure to cite the sources). These images of inspiration can be based off your theme, techniques that were used, subject matter, lighting used, colors used, locations, or a feeling the images covey for you

This will be shared and discussed in class next lesson.

Start capturing images with your chosen theme and using the 9 compositional devices discussed above.

Requirements to be completed for this project:

TO BE SUBMITTED INTO YOUR BLOG POST:

  • A blog posting that explains your theme, plan of action, and images of inspiration
  • In the same blog post, digital contact prints of 30 images taken for the project with a description of images captured and final images identified
  • 9 images saved for web that demonstrated each of the 9 explained compositional devices (balance,fill the frame, lines, rule-of-thirds, leading lines, symmetry/pattern, framing, point of perspective, follow the eyes) of a theme of your choice
  • Post two comments to two other students blog postings and link it to the blog posting form in the shared folder in google drive
  • A detailed summary of the development of your theme, editing techniques used, how the effects were obtained, challenges and successes of the project (exemplary standard)

TO BE SUBMITTED INTO THE DROP FOLDER:

  • Each of the 9 images at at a size of 3″ x 5″ at a 300 resolution of a pixel/inch
  • Final document in .jpg form submitted into dropbox to be printed with all nine images at a size of 24″ x 11″ at a 300 resolution of a pixel/inch with your name  and the title of the project on the document

9 Compositional Devices

Enclosed are  nine types of compositional devices discussed from the powerpoint presentation link. These devices provide you with ways to consider on how to compose the elements within your picture.

Below are additional examples as to how these compositional devices work within the presentation of a photographic image:

BALANCE: This can be a vertical balance (top and bottom) or horizontal balance (left to right)

FILL THE FRAME: Filling the frame with the subject

FOLLOW THE EYES: This can be from a person or statue

FRAMING: The use of other objects to surround the main subject

LEADING LINES: A literal or implied line is formed throughout your composition that helps the viewer move throughout your image

LINES: The use of diagonals, horizontal, vertical, or curved lines that dominate the image to harmonize with the main subject

POINT OF PERSPECTIVE: The vantage point the viewer takes on can be either high or low

RULE OF THIRDS: By aligning the main subject onto the thirds of your picture either vertically or horizontally forces you to take the main subject away from the corners and center

SYMMETRY AND PATTERN: By finding repeating structures or patterns within your image and harmonizing it with the main subject, or making it your main subject

Compositional devices

Below are examples of photographic compositional devices (balance, fill the frame, follow the eyes, framing, leading lines, lines, point of perspective, rule-of-thirds, symmetry and pattern):

In addition please go through the powerpoint presentation of the COMPOSITIONAL DEVICES