Photography composition - Your photo as a story
Photo composition rules "If you, an artist, the one who cannot
• Rule of Thirds
• Golden Section rule you look like an orator who cannot
• Diagonal rule manage words."
Tips for beginners Leonardo da Vinci
Photo composition software
• Photo Print Pilot - Photo printing
• Composition Pilot - Make your stories
Photo composition rules
What is a photograph? It is a story. What is a story? It is is a series of sentences
connected to each other. The same is true about photography. To create a photograph,
it is not enough just to take an image of something. The first impression from a
photograph is determined by the composition balance of an image.
To increase the expressiveness of your digital pictures, apply the picture
composition rules while taking the photos or modeling their edges.
Rule of Thirds
The Rule of Thirds is based on the fact that the human eye is naturally drawn to
a point about two-thirds up a page. Crop your photo so that the main subjects are
located around one of the intersection points rather than in the center of the image:
Your landscapes will be optimally pleasing to the eye if you apply the Rule of
Thirds when you place your horizon line.
If the area of interest is land or water, the horizon line will usually be two-thirds
up from the bottom. Alternately, if the sky is the area of emphasis, the horizon line
may be one-third up from the bottom, leaving the sky to take up the top two-thirds of
Golden Section rule
It has been found that certain points in a picture's composition automatically
attract the viewer's attention. Similarly, many natural or man-made objects and scenes
with certain proportions (whether by chance or by design) automatically please us.
Leonardo da Vinci investigated the principle that underlies our notions of beauty and
harmony and called it the Golden Section. Long before Leonardo, however,
Babylonian, Egyptian, and ancient Greek masters also applied the Golden Section
proportion in architecture and art.
To get a clearer sense of these special "Golden" composition points, imagine a
picture divided into nine unequal parts with four lines. Each line is drawn so that the
width of the resulting small part of the image relates to that of the big part exactly as
the width of the whole image relates to the width of the big part. Points where the lines
intersect are the "golden" points of the picture:
One side of the picture is divided into two, and then each half is divided into
three parts. The adjacent side is divided so that the lines connecting the resulting
points form a diagonal frame. According to the Diagonal Rule, important elements of
the picture should be placed along these diagonals:
Linear elements, such as roads, waterways, and fences placed diagonally, are
generally perceived as more dynamic than horizontally placed ones:
Tips for beginners
Hold your camera at the main object's level. Taking a picture from above
or below brings in the photo an element of exertion.
Ordinarily, the main source of light should be placed behind you. To take
a picture with the light between you and the object is the task for a specialist.
Use a dark background for taking a picture of a light object, or,
alternatively, a light background for doing so of a dark object. Note though, that the
absolutely white background causes flare effect that leads to reducing the contrast of a
When the main object of an image is located on the long shot, the whole
image will look better if the foreground objects will be taken into the image as well.
A space in a shot should be reserved in front of an actually or potentially
Don't be afraid of breaking rules! As Edward Weston said, "Consulting
the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of
gravity before going for a walk."
Photo composition software
Photo Print Pilot - Photo printing software
The Photo Print Pilot software allows you to compose a photo and to print only
the selected area of the image. More information...
Composition Pilot - Make your stories come true!
How can we increase the expressive qualities of a photo? It took humans thousands
years to develop the principles of picture composition. You can learn some of the most
important ones by taking a few minutes to read this article.
With the Composition Pilot software you will be able to apply the "golden rules" of
composition to your images. The program will help you find the most harmonious way
of arranging objects in your digital pictures. Make your stories come true!
The program will be released shortly.