Composition Part 1

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With Guest Instructor Kevin Kino

In photography and film, we talk a lot about composition (or, framing). Composition is what is included in a shot, and also how it's arranged.  For example, you can center something in a frame, but it might be more visually interesting if it's aligned to the right or left side of the image. Likewise in film, "great shots" take time to curate what your eye is drawn to, and often this is part of the story being told.

There's plenty to cover in talking about composition, but in this lesson our guest instructor Kevin Kino delves into five concepts that hone in on ways subjects can be visually arranged within a photography. This lesson is part one, and covers:

Points: A small area of interest within a composition.
Lines (aka leading lines): Lines that lead our eyes.
Shapes: Basic shapes reduced in the frame in an obvious way.
Texture: The feel of the surface of an object or substance.
Color: Using color to make a subject stand out or “pop.”

What you need:

  • A basic digital camera

How to do it:

In the video below, follow along with Mr. Kino as he breaks down this exercise!

Ready to try it out yourself? Download this organizer document for a guide to take photos using these composition techniques. 


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Kevin Kino has been involved in professional digital media work for over 20 years, including work at radio stations, The Andy Warhol Museum, and political campaigns to name just a few. Now rooted in Pittsburgh, he formerly directed youth programs focused on video and photography at The New York Film Academy.
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