5 types of Composition

5 types of Composition

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It’s important to give a good reading to your photos, and that goes through the composition. I have already talked the composition in an article but this one will be different.

You have already heard about the rule of thirds and force lines, which help to create a reading and stability to your images. You can display the rule of thirds directly on your camera, or you can imagine it when you shoot. It's not always useful to use them, but if well-managed, they can give impact and strength to your photos.

The rule of thirds wants to decompose your photo into several parts through lines and points, here's how I interpret this rule and how I use it.

I often talk about contrast and dosage, it’s important to bring a visual balance to your photos between dark areas and bright areas, you can have a strong contrast that contains small nuances, or on the contrary a low contrast with a lot of nuances.


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Image 1: Simple composition in length


This composition is rather simple. The bike is on the middle third and on the length, which makes the photo stable, the wheels are on the right and the left. The bright and dark points of the photo are placed on the strong points.


Image 2: Lines in height


The dog is on the left line with his spot on a strong point, and his master is at the top of the right line.
They are both the subjects of the image and the rest of the photo is the dark, which creates a strong contrast with small nuances.



For this image it's the same thing.


Image 3: Rectangle formation


Here the subject is the poster, the part that comes off is almost supported by the lines of forces, the dark outline of the photo and the white poster will create a kind of frame, which brings stability.
The center is almost black to balance the contrast, because from the center to the outside it is black -> white -> gray.



Image 4: The lines of forces with the look and curve in S


In this example, I would like to speak about the position of the gaze, which here, from the top third downwards, with the body who comes at the opposite, it will create an S curve that has a strong visual impact and offers a good image reading.
 


Here same thing with the S, the background comes to give a texture to the photo, which lacks the clothes of the model. The look comes from his head that turns to us, it gives movement and dynamism.
On a portrait it is interesting to put the first line of thirds of the top at the neck position.



Image 5: Composition with vanishing point


For this photo I wanted to invite the reader's eyes to follow a path, the line of force from the bottom of the photo to the center. The lamp and the black area in the center comes to balance with their strong contrast.

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