Documenting Human Rights Violations in Challenging Environments

The Three Elements that make a great photograph: Light, Composition, Moment.

Lighting

Pay attention to your light source, whether it is artificial light, the sun or the moon. Watch the angle that you are using and think about what time of day would serve as the best lighting for your pictures.

Composition

Photographers often use the rule of thirds to make sure they are positioning their subject matter effectively. To use this rule, overlay a grid of nine equal sections on your camera frame – split the vertical space into three parts and the horizontal space into three parts. The intersection points are where the eye tends to go first, so it is useful to place your subject on one of those points.

Composition

Perspective

Create visual impact by moving the camera left, right, above, and below. When you are beneath the subject it often makes it appear more powerful to the viewer. When you are above the subject it makes it appear smaller.

Perspective