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Making of composition

“Making the composition ” by Raymon Brugman
Hi all, its been a long while since I wrote my last tutorial of Settled, but I felt like writing a new one for you guys. This time I’ll try to explain how I get to my compositions, in photography, digital paint, and 3d. Because there are no real golden rules for making a composition, its hard to explain, but I make these compositions automatically, and its more feeling that a composition is right then theory. But I’ll try to explain some factors, like subject, dept of field, elements of an image, and so on. So I hope you learn something on the way my compositions work.
Some basics:
Many people who never touched a camera, usually photograph, or use 3d camera’s this way.

This is the kind of portrait I see allot on the internet, using the camera’s crosshair to aim at the subject. Shame, since you only use 1/8 of the picture for the subject you want to capture. I marked everything blue, which doesn’t really contain a subject.

A better composition instead would be:
As you can see, the subject now covers about half of the picture. Plus a human is tall, why don’t rotate your camera. Many people still hold there camera perfectly strait, you shouldn’t, its like an eye, twist, rotate, pan and tilt it, try to find the best way to fill out a frame with your subject, whether in photography, 2d drawing, 3d modelling.
Another important thing to remember is. You don’t aim your camera with the crosshair (for those who use a SLR cam, or 3d camera’s) but you should learn to aim with the full frame the camera gives you, after all that’s what you want to fill.
Looking at my work:
Let’s start with this photograph, taken last year in Norway.

As you can see, this is a quite simple composition, but for me it works.

You can see the image is build up of four different elements. The sky, the right rock formation, the left rock formation and last but not least the horizon, which is very bloomy and pale.

The composition works, because the red part of the image is much darker, and the blue part is lighter and a bit larger, this compensates quite nicely. The sky is pretty white, and some people will think, hmm if it’s so white you won’t see nothing but white on the photograph, but actually a white large mass on a photograph will still work as an element, same as black or shadow. I always use the sky when making compositions.

Ok, another example, a sunset, taken on my way to Norway, in Denmark. Composition is quite equal here.

Let us jump to the edited image, so we can analyse the composition.

Here we go. As you can see, the sun divides the image into 4 parts. The upper part, with the cloudscape, and the bottom part, with the water and lass masses. The image also is divided in a left and right piece.
As you can see, all elements of this image, clouds, water, sun, are very equally divided over the image. The blue, parts on the left side are about the same size as those on the right.
Same for the water, the red part on the left is about the same size as the one on the right.
Also the colours play a role for this composition, the left and right side of the sky on this photograph are about the same colours, this helps to enhance the composition. recommendation:

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