Composition Part 2

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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 two, and covers:

Tone: Darkness and lightness of elements
Distance: Space between elements in a composition
Balance: Similar levels of visual weight on both sides of a composition
Space: Positive space attracts attention to the subject, negative space doesn’t attract attention & may dominate the image.
Patterns: Repeating elements in a composition

What you need:

  • Your best place to start is the first part of this lesson! These concepts are just a smidge harder this time around.
  • 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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