Why do I have to worry about composition?
The Web and working with HTML is hardly a radical and new
kind of medium. Sorry to disapoint everyone, but despite
all the hype, it is basically very much like working with
printed media such as magazines.
This means that in order for you to present images and text
together, you have to sort of pay attention to traditional
guidelines used in publishing. Actually, you don't. You can
pretty much do what you want, but if your objective is to
present your information in a meaningful and professional
manner, well at least consider some of what is covered in
this section of the site.
Don't take our word for it, but rather go out and look at
very popular sites that present information similar to
what you are trying to cover. Look at magazines, newspapers,
even visit an art gallery or two. Just go out and look!
Okay, what is Photo Composition?
Photo composition is the inexact art and science of taking
a photograph and editing it to meet your needs. It is a way
of lending balance and meaning to an image, so that it both
is more pleasing to the eye, and adds to the message of the
accompanying text or copy.
Having a scanner is a wonderful thing. You can easily and
inexpensively incorporate your snapshots into your pages.
You must learn to develop an editor's eye, and not be
scared to take a virtual knife to your photos.
You can accomplish a great deal using the most basic features
of any image editing program. In our example lessons, we work
with techniques such as cropping, enlargement, reduction, and
rotation. There are many different image editing packages on
the market, so it is not our objective to teach you how to use
any particular one. What we want you to get a feel for are how
and when to use the various tools available to you.
First, some things you should know about your scanner...
Scanners are great! They let us use our very own photos and
artwork on our pages.
Read this Scanner Tutorial
to make sure you understand some of the basic quirks and limitations
you might be facing.
LESSON #1: The Human Subject
Without doubt, a great deal of our images deal with people.
Learn how to take a rather typical, casual snapshot and create
two very different images from it.
Lesson #1 will
introduce you to the concepts of landscape and portrait
orientation, and when to use them.
LESSON #2: Composing Action Photos
Another favorite type of image to include on our pages
show us and others at play. Very often the camera does
not quite capture the action the way it happened.
Lesson #2 will
introduce you to finding the action line and correcting
the image so the reader gets the proper perspective.