Monday, June 7, 2010

Photography... Composition Part 1

The first thing I want you to remember is that it is not the camera that takes the pictures... it is the person using the camera that takes the pictures. That means that YOU can learn to use your camera and take good pictures.

The first thing I want to teach you is the rule of thirds.

Wikipedia says:
The rule of thirds is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design.[1] The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.[2] Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.

Let me break it down.

Basically you want to imagine that there is a tic tac toe board on your screen. The intersecting points are going to be where you want to place your "subject" whether it is an object, a person, a building, etc. If you are taking a close up picture of a face or animal the eyes would typically be the main object.

If you think in terms of landscapes... beach pictures are an easy one to imagine... instead of putting your horizon right in the center all the time which could awkwardly divide your picture, you would would drop it to the lower third if you want more sky or raise it to the upper third if you want more water. Depends on what you want people to "see" when they look at your picture.

The rule of thirds makes pictures more interesting.

This picture would not have turned out as nice if I had simply centered Tara. Might have even been a bit awkward if she was centered.

In this one her eyes were the "subject".

For more examples of pictures that used the rule of thirds CLICK HERE.
For more explaining on the rule of thirds CLICK HERE.

Get your cameras out and practice using the rule of thirds! On Thursday or Friday I will post another blog with more of my pictures and a McLinky so you can all post your pics and link up. Looking forward to seeing your photos!!

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