#photography101 part III

By admin / September, 3, 2013 / 1 comments

Now that you are familiar with the equipment you need in order to shoot in a studio and learned 4 types of lighting techniques, blog III will discuss the rules of composition in photography.

1. Contrast to add depth: When you showcase the differences between the lightest light and the darkest dark in your photograph, the 3 dimensional quality is enhanced.

2. Focus on the subject and blur the background: Normally I will have the flash on my camera set to on so my subject is instantly lit up and the noise in the background is less then normal. The subject will appear alive and will be the focal point of the image.

3. Play the different angles: As long as you don’t mind getting on your knees or elbows, you’ll be able to give your viewers a different perspective by laying down or bending over to take the photograph. Normally I would not angel up and photograph a person but with landscapes and objects, you never know what can come to life with lower or higher levels then using your own height.

4. Look closely in your view finder for the perfect imperfections: Take a photo on a slight angle so the image isn’t as clean as your other ones. If you want to capture the imperfections of clothing, have a shirt be left untucked just a tad, a belt hang lower then normal or have the model leave a shoe half-on as if they are taking it off.

5. Rule of Thirds: Even if you don’t know much about photography, you probably have heard about this tip. The rule of thirds divides the frame into 3 vertical lines and 3 horizontal lines and the four intersecting vertices are the key points to watch out for. Try not to shoot your subject right in the middle of the frame but to keep your subject at one of the four vertices and your image will dramatically pop.

6. Balance your photo: If you are shooting a human being in front of the Sleeping Beauty Disneyland Castle (which actually is smaller in real life then it appears in the commercials that you watched while you were growing up) don’t shoot the person standing right in front of the castle but have the person move over to the side so the image can be better balanced. Basically, don’t shoot the person in the center of the frame with the castle being in the center as well and the highest tip of the castle coming out of the person’s head.

7. Don’t delete, crop: If most of your photograph is excellent except for a tiny hair (like a stranger in the background or somebody photo bombing), crop them out of the photo and pretend as if the distraction never occurred.

8. Frame your photo in another frame: If you are taking a photo of a landmark, find a tree with branches or stand behind a gate or fence and take a peeping tom-type photo. This sounds a bit strange but the image will be far more artistic then just taking a photo of Big Ben in London smack right in the middle of the street. Or shoot a landmark while aiming your camera through the side mirror or an old school Cadillac.

For those of you still keen on photography, I encourage you to shoot shoot shoot until you hate shooting and then edit edit edit in light room or photoshop. Live it, be it, do it! #lehhgoooo


One Response to #photography101 part III

  • James Ho

    I’m learning so much through this blog series!

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