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2020 Schedule - October Topics

18 Dec 2019 16:29 #6631 by Bear
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Projected (mono only) – Composition – Rule of Odds
An image using the rule of odds in an urbanscape/ architecture photo.

Note: The topic is of using the “Rule of Odds” in an urbanscape/ architecture. You will need to apply the rule of odds to an urban or architectural subject/image.
I am mainly going to explain below the use of the Rule of Odds but I suggest you use this rule to show some urban or architectural image with say “three, five etc., windows, doors, pillars, steps, shadows, balustrade etc.,
The Rule of Odds.
NOTE: That you will still need to be aware of the compositional rules, like the “Rule of Thirds” which is different to the Rule of Odds. Unlike the rule of thirds, this “rule” isn't about where you place your subject in the frame of your photo but with arranging elements into very functional and good-looking quantities.
The rule of odds is guideline that will be useful to improve your composition skills. It consists of including an odd number of elements in your images.
It works better with small numbers and especially with the number three.
The strength of the composition decreases progressively as you increase the number of elements in the frame. But three elements can easily be arranged in lines or triangles.
Consider the positioning as to the different depth in the image not on one linear plane for more interest.
Framing your subject with 2 surrounding objects (thus creating an odd number of 3) suggests balance and harmony visually. We tend to prefer balance and feel comfortable with these groupings of 3. Groups of 2 or 4 can sometimes create a sense of competition whereas the odd groupings tend to balance that a bit. This is a very subjective rule, but it does create balance.
Remember though that odd numbers really just refer to the number 3. NOTE: Beware that Objects of 5 or more can create more density than the viewer will perceive and the effect is null at that point. Larger numbers of objects, however can be divided visually into groupings of 3, thus bringing more cohesion to the composition.
The best way of using the rule of odds is to adjust your composition so that your subject remains the focus of your image – perhaps you can use smaller objects in the frame, or think about using distance – ie putting your elements on another plane, or perhaps having some of your composition out of focus as well.
You are looking to frame your subject, so you could try some of the following compositional choices:
• You can put your subjects in a line – side by side or perhaps vertically
• Or try a triangle formation
• When there are more than 3 elements, move them around to create a pleasing composition in the frame.
Remember with the rule of odds that we are really talking about limiting your compositional elements to 3 or possibly 5. You can still have odds with 5 or 7 objects, but you should stay with small populated groups, otherwise, you'll start falling more into the trap of repetition, patterns or rhythm instead of simple odds. And then we are back to your brain trying to group them and wandering around trying to find the focus.
Also, the human brain has a better chance of feeling attracted to arrangements of 3 to 5 elements tops.

Print – Multiple Exposure
An emotive image created using multiple exposures. Emotive means ‘arousing or able to arouse intense feeling’. Can be in-camera or using editing software.

NOTE: Remember this can be in camera or as part of the post processing or development stage of your image on your software package.
Double exposure photography refers to merging multiple images. The goal is to make them surreal, emotional, or humorous.
For almost a century, photographers have turned to multiple exposure photography to tell stories that simply cannot be captured within a single frame. A multiple exposure image, composed of two or more shots, is a flight from reality and a departure into the unknown and into the realm of creativity.
Plan your image composition to allow negative space for the subsequent images to avoid clutter and too much business.
Try to create an image that tells a story or that captures the viewers imagination. Explore the functionalities of taking double exposures with your camera and your software programs.
Making a quality image may take several hours. Suggest you review all available video tutorials on the topic on the web, and read all the tips you can find. Look at sample images. A multiple exposure photograph is first and foremost about feelings and sensations, but how can you express your feelings without having skill? Learn the technique first, and then everything else will follow.
The main ingredients in multiple exposure photography are composition and light. Keep that in mind, use your imagination, and play around with it. You don’t need to use a tripod, as you can align images in your software program as required.
Play with the opacity and Blend Modes (screen, soft light, or multiply) to mix the layers together.
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19 Jan 2020 13:17 - 19 Jan 2020 13:19 #6712 by Richard H
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here are a couple of things that I have found about multi exposures in camera


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30 Oct 2020 12:53 #7501 by Jodie D
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Big thanks to our projected judge for October - Chris De Blank

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31 Oct 2020 09:06 #7505 by Bear
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Jodie, Who's image is:
19 Remains 306 A nice mono conversion and nice clouds but I’m struggling to connect with this image, I’m missing a narrative. awarded 70
I liked it and would like to ask were it was taken and I get the feeling it might be better in colour.

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01 Nov 2020 18:26 #7510 by Richard H
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that one was mine Dennis, on the road from Bridgetown to Nannup
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