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Seven Guidelines to Better Composition: The 50

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  1. Intro
    • Guidelines to Better Composition
    • Composition is a Universal Term
    • Composition Defined
    • Composition Cont.
    • Composition, cont.
    • The Seven Guidelines to Better Composition
    • 1. Simplicity
    • Tips to Simplicity
    • Tips to Simplicity, cont.
    • 2. The Rule of Thirds
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont.
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont.
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont.
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont.
    • 3. Lines, Repetition & Negative Space
    • Lines
    • Repetitive Lines
    • Negative Space
    • 4. Balance
    • Balance Samples
    • 5. Geometric Shape
    • Geometric Shape Samples
    • 6. Framing
    • Framing, cont.
    • Framing, cont.
    • Framing, cont.
    • 7. Avoiding Mergers
    • The 50 Project
    • The 50 Project, cont.
    • Intro 0:00
    • Guidelines to Better Composition 0:15
      • What is Composition?
      • Strong Composition
      • Composition Can Improve Your Photographs
    • Composition is a Universal Term 1:00
      • Architecture
      • Music
      • Art & Photography
    • Composition Defined 1:53
      • Photographic Composition is..
      • Composition Guidelines
    • Composition Cont. 2:21
      • Object Placement
      • Changing Camera Position
      • Example: Object Placement
      • Example: Shifting Camera Position
    • Composition, cont. 3:13
      • Good Pictures are Created
      • How Do You Create a Picture?
      • Careful Planning and Patient Waiting
      • Don't Take the Obvious Photo
      • Composition Guidelines Will Become Second Nature
    • The Seven Guidelines to Better Composition 4:50
      • The Seven Guidelines
      • Composition is a Sense of Design
    • 1. Simplicity 5:24
      • The First Guideline is Simplicity
      • Give Your Focal Point the Most Visual Attention
      • Try Uncomplicated Backgrounds
      • Example: Simple Backgrounds
    • Tips to Simplicity 6:30
      • Simplicity is Not a Physical Attribute
      • Choose One Specific Subject
      • Exclude Unwanted Things In Your Frame
      • Boring Subjects = Boring Photographs
    • Tips to Simplicity, cont. 8:50
      • Keep Environmental Backgrounds Uncluttered
      • Move The Unwanted Objects
      • Use Shapes and Patterns
      • Use Negative Space Wisely
      • Unclutter As Much As Possible
      • Be Strong in Your Simplicity
    • 2. The Rule of Thirds 11:50
      • Off-Center Photos
      • Use the Viewfinder, Not the Screen
      • Imagine Gridlines
      • Place Subject Along Vertical Lines
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont. 12:55
      • Example: White Dog's Face
      • Off-Center Placement
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont. 13:33
      • Consider the Path of Moving Subjects
      • Leaving Room For Movement
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont. 14:03
      • Placement of The Horizon
      • Example: Girl Playing Piano
    • The Rule of Thirds, cont. 14:53
      • Portrait Photography
      • Example: Portrait
    • 3. Lines, Repetition & Negative Space 15:29
      • They Draw Your Viewer To The Focal Point
      • Example
    • Lines 16:17
      • Leading Lines
      • Diagonal Lines
      • S-Curve
    • Repetitive Lines 17:09
      • Repetitive Lines Draw Attention
      • What is Repetition
      • Examples
    • Negative Space 18:37
      • Attention Towards the Subject
      • What is Negative Space
      • Space Around Your Subject
      • Negative Space Creates Emphasis
      • Examples
    • 4. Balance 20:12
      • 3 Types of Balance
      • Symmetrical
      • Asymmetrical
      • Radial
      • Balance the Picture
      • Good Balance
      • Move the Focal Point
    • Balance Samples 21:59
      • Symmetrical Balance
      • Not Exactly the Same, but Uses the Same Space
      • Asymmetrical Balance
    • 5. Geometric Shape 22:42
      • Shapes, Patterns, Symmetries, etc.
      • Produce a Strong Focal Point
      • Example
    • Geometric Shape Samples 23:47
      • Circles
      • Colorblocking
      • Repetition
    • 6. Framing 24:24
      • Framing
      • Example
    • Framing, cont. 24:52
      • Environment as Framing
      • Architecture as Framing
      • Art as Framing
    • Framing, cont. 25:19
      • Not Literal Picture Frames
      • Use Objects in the Current Environment as Frames
      • Nature as Framing
    • Framing, cont. 26:20
      • Doorways as Framing
      • Archways as Framing
      • Unique Objects as Framing
    • 7. Avoiding Mergers 26:34
      • It's Easy To Accidentally Create a Merger
      • Don't Let Mergers Emerge!
      • What is a Merger
      • Examples
    • The 50 Project 27:36
      • Practice Your Understanding of Composition
      • 5 Photographs Each
      • Avoid Mergers
    • The 50 Project, cont. 28:41
      • Edit Your Top Photos
      • You Should Have Some Photoshop Experience
      • Don't Go Too Crazy
      • Educator.com's Photoshop Lessons
      • Adobe Creative Cloud