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COMPOSITION the pleasing arrangement of elements in an image to guide the viewer's eye, bring emphasis to the subject and create the illusion of depth.
CONTRAST the arrangement of opposite elements to create visual interest, excitement and drama. (i.e light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.)
BALANCE the distribution of the visual weight of elements and objects such as colors, texture, and space to create stability and equilibrium.
SYMMETRICAL BALANCE the elements used on one side of the design are very similar to those on the other side like a mirror image.
ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE visual weight in an image is balanced by use of colors, shapes, and line
FOCAL POINT a compositional element to create emphasis and draw in viewer attention.
SIMPLICITY Placing the subject against a plain background to avoid distractions.
RULE OF THIRDS place a distant subject near one of the four cross points on an imaginary tic-tac-toe grid to draw the viewers eye.
PERSPECTIVE the relative positions, sizes and space between objects in a photograph.
FRAMING a close up natural border or frame for your subject which creates perspective and shows depth.
LEADING LINES visual lines within an image that lead the viewer's eye to another point in the image or to a single focal point
AVOIDING MERGERS avoid parts of the subject overlapping objects in the background, or touching the sides of the frame.
RHYTHM repeating or varying elements to create a sense of movement from one element to another
HEAD ROOM vertical position of the subject where the eyes are ideally positioned one-third of the way down from the top of the image frame.
LEAD ROOM the space from the front of a subject to the side edge of the frame where dramatic energy is directed.
NOSE ROOM when shooting a profile shot, leave space in front of the subject's nose.
Created by: dmaww