A practical compositional aid(s)

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Vance, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Vance

    Vance Guest

    I did made up this sheet for a photography student I was tutoring to
    help them with composition. The way to use it is:

    1. Print the template on 8.5 x 11 paper.

    2. Get a package of self laminating clear plastic luggage tags.
    These have adhesive on one side and you press them together to
    laminate them.

    3. Place the template under the side without the adhesive and trace
    it using a black permanent marker.

    4. Do the same for each template and put them on a ring.

    The format is approximately 35mm and each of the templates is labeled
    with the composition 'rule' it uses, so you can look them up if you
    wish.

    By looking through the bag tags, you will see the 'rule' superimposed
    on the scene and you can see the effect of different focal length
    lenses by moving the tag closer to the eye, or further away. With
    some practice, you will find that each comp rule fits a type of scene
    better than another, though they all tend to produce something close
    to the 'Rule of Thirds'.

    Just thought I would throw something out there that wasn't Canon v.
    Nikon v. Megapixels v. Image Stabilization v. Photoshop v. Film v.
    Digital v. Is it a photograph when my big brother can beat up your big
    brother.


    Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vBgTBDXCdpvrP17Hn2bHxw

    Vance
     
    Vance, Dec 2, 2008
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  2. Usefull idea.
    Is it just me, or are two of the templates identical?...Number 3 and 4.
     
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Dec 2, 2008
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  3. Vance

    Vance Guest

    Actually, they are slightly different in the angles of the parallel
    diagonals. It's hard to tell, but they are different.

    Vance
     
    Vance, Dec 2, 2008
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  4. Vance

    Peter Guest


    thank you for the posting. Would you have any objection if our camera club
    reproduced and distributed your templates, non- commercially?
     
    Peter, Dec 3, 2008
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  5. Vance

    Vance Guest

    Absolutely not. Be my guest, you have unlimited copyrights to
    reproduce it for non-comercial personal use for the members of your
    club or maybe for promotions.

    Vance
     
    Vance, Dec 3, 2008
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  6. Vance

    Peter Guest

    Absolutely not. Be my guest, you have unlimited copyrights to
    reproduce it for non-comercial personal use for the members of your
    club or maybe for promotions.




    Thank you! I will bring it up with the board.
     
    Peter, Dec 3, 2008
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  7. Vance

    mcescher Guest

    Perhaps the one suggestion I could make would be to print the image on
    overhead transparencies. Cut them apart and laminate them. A little
    stronger, and razor sharp lines.
     
    mcescher, Dec 4, 2008
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  8. Vance

    Guest Guest

    Useful stuff, and by the way my big brother CAN beat up your big brother AND
    take a picture to prove it, and whilst taking the afore mentioned picture,
    take it upon himself to refer to the compositional aids that you so kindly
    provided to help him whoop your big brother's ass in an aesthetically
    pleasing way.
     
    Guest, Dec 5, 2008
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