OBJECTIVE:  INCORPORATE MEANINGFUL PROPS Props are a compositional tool that can be effective in adding meaning to your if you use them properly. In my opinion, props should support your story rather than being the story. For instance, there was a time when everyone (myself included) wanted pictures of their babies in flower pots. In retrospect,…

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OBJECTIVE:  TELL THE ENTIRE STORY WITH A SMALL PART I’m not sure that the term synecdoche has ever been applied to photography before. That’s what you get for having a teacher that used to teach Greek & Latin. Even though the term hasn’t been used, the concept is used in photography all the time. Synecdoche (si-NEK-də-kee) is…

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OBJECTIVE:  Different Types of contrast To follow up on yesterday’s contrast focus, photographers also use another type of contrast to bring attention to the subject: that contrast is thematic. Remember a few years back when “trash the dress” sessions were a big thing? After a wedding, a bride might want one more photography shoot, where she wore…

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OBJECTIVE:  USE CONTRAST TO DRAW VIEWERS’ ATTENTION Today begins a series of odds and end that I want to make sure you get before we leave composition behind. We’ve talked about lots of ways to bring your viewers’ attention to your subject. You can: Isolate your subject. Fill your frame. Create a frame within your frame.…

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