Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Design in the image, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- Designing your compositions is not just…for aesthetic purposes.…Good design means arranging the elements in the photo…for the purpose of getting your message…across most effectively.…We have certain control, choosing how we work.…The camera we use, the lens angle, shutter speed,…aperture, they all have an affect on what will…be emphasized and communicated in the final photo.…Of course there's no one right way to combine…all of the above, but there are certain design principles…and established compositional guides…that artists have long used to their advantage,…which tend to create stronger visuals.…
Now, you've probably heard of the rules of thirds,…and I don't like to use the word rule.…I call it the guide of thirds.…And basically what it says is that…when you divide the frame and put your mean,…sort of focal points at one of the levels…1/3, or 2/3 in, or maybe at some…of these intersecting points, generally speaking,…you're going to have a strong composition.…And I think that's true.…I mean, you could look at an image like this,…
Join Steve Simon as he deconstructs images through critique. Grow your awareness of the impact your choices make on the interpretation of an image. Enhance your command of shutter speed, depth of field, focal plane, and more, to help convey a specific meaning. Learn how to study, review, and analyze images, sharpening your photographic eye and expanding your visual vocabulary.
- Identifying strong photographs
- Deconstructing images
- Understanding the impact of shutter speed, focus, and depth of field
- Interpreting the visual weight of an image
- Evaluating the lighting
- Determining whether to convert an image to black and white
- Changing the meaning of an image by cropping
- Timing and the moment
- Designing in the image
- Developing a visual vocal vocabulary