Lesson 6: Basic Composition

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    Basic composition

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Great image.

    I really like the composition of this image and you’ve incorporated a lot of the compositional techniques discussed in previous lectures. For example, you’ve decided to work in a limited color palette with informal composition. This has helped you manage and organize the different objects that make it within your 4 walls. You’ve also managed to keep the 4 walls of your composition clean and clear of distractions or awkward amputations (although you’ve snipped a little bit of your subject’s shirt with the left wall. It’s a small detail, but try to be aware of that in the future).

    I do have a few comments about the composition though. Most of them are small, or simply suggestions, but it’s important to be aware of these things.

    For starters, your focus on your subject is soft. You have perfect focus on the leaves in front of your subject’s face, but the face itself is in soft focus. This is more noticeable when you enlarge the image, but as you progress as a photographer soft focus becomes more of an important issue. As a general rule of thumb, portraits usually place the best focus on the subject’s eyes. It’s the most important element of the photograph so that’s where focus is usually strongest.

    Similarly, there is a little too much dead space above your subject’s head. Try bringing that top wall down a little further to get rid of the unnecessary space.

    Overall though, you’ve done a great job with this assignment. I can’t wait to see your next assignment. I like seeing the progression in your work up until this point!

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