Reading Photographs:

Basic Strategies in Reading Photographs. "To enhance your appreciation of photography it is necessary to develop the skills to make careful visual analysis. While everyone can easily discuss the contents of photographs ("what you see"), most need more training to learn about formal analysis used in the visual arts" This site provides an analysis of the "formal" qualities of photography, or those visual elements that give it form. These include: shape, size, texture, line, space, etc."


Composing Your Pictures. "Just as a composer uses all the instruments in a symphony to create a stirring piece of music, you should compose each picture so that its parts work together to create a work of beauty. Each item in a picture has an effect on the whole, so don't just point and shoot. Take a little time to compose each picture into the masterpiece it could be."

Photographic Composition. This page covers the rule of thirds, balance, light, point of view, line, motion, selective focus, contrast and variety, shape, rhythm and pattern, texture, space perspective framing, and scale.

Improving Your Photography:Lesson Two - Composition by Peter Ensenberger, Arizona Highways Director of Photography."Composing a photograph is essentially an editing process — deciding what to leave in and what to leave out. There are basic accepted criteria for good composition that, when applied, will help you achieve visual harmony or dynamic tension."

The Art of Composition by Lee Frost, "...arranging the elements of a scene in your camera's viewfinder so they form something visually interesting to look at; something that will hold the attention of the viewer and take their eye on a journey around the frame from the immediate foreground to the distant background. That, in a nutshell, is what composition's all about..."

Exhibition: Photographic Composition. Explore examples of classic photographs by Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, Dorothea Lange, and others.


Lighting. "Since reflected light is what photographic film uses to create images, lighting is clearly a key element in all kinds of photography."

Light by Philip Greenspun. This site covers topics such as: photographing in sunlight, overcast skylight, twilight. fog mist, street lights, indoors - fluorescent and incandescent, flash, strobe and studio lighting.

Photography for the Web:

Photographic Basics for QTVR. "An understanding of a few fundamental photographic concepts will make assimilation of QTVR principles more meaningful for creating hi-quality source material."

Basic Photography Skills for Web Developers. "Web developers are being asked to incorporate photographs into their web sites. Images of people, events, buildings and departmental resources can improve a web site's appeal and help users visualize the department. Optimally, the photographs on your site should be visually strong--strong enough to complement good web design and strong enough to illustrate the importance of your unit."

Digital Photography for the Web. "To get the most out of this tutorial, you're going to want to play along at home. Of course, this means that you'll need (at the very least) a digital camera and a copy of Adobe Photoshop. I'd also recommend that you gain access to at least two different computers on which to view your photos as you work on them. Ideally, you should find one computer with a flat-screen display and one with a plain old CRT. You won't need Photoshop on both computers, just Web browsers, but the more computers with different video cards and display configurations you can use, the better."


A Glossary of Photographic Terms. Twenty-six pages of photographic terms explained.