Standard Rules of Photography

I read a quote once that read like so:

“My goal is to photograph something that has never been seen before or to photograph something everyone has seen in a new way.”

Apply this concept to your ordinary photography and you will produce extraordinary images that draw the viewer in. Apply it to your travel, sporting, holiday, and family photos. Capture the kids in their Halloween costumes, Christmas dinner, the skiing trip, and everything in between. Don't take boring old snapshots this year - make it interesting! Climb high, crawl low, change your perspective, pose a friend or family member, etc.

Rule of Thirds

There are two simple suggestions (some refer to them as “rules”, but in my opinion these are really good starting points if you are uncertain of your composition) that photography composition is base on.

They are the Rule of Thirds and Rule of Composition (or primary subject placement). Both apply to horizontal (landscape) or vertical (portrait) compositions.

The Rule of Thirds (left) says that your horizon line should be placed in the general area of the lines shown. You should have 1/3 sky and 2/3 land or 2/3 sky and 1/3 land. A horizon line smack in the middle of an image cuts your image in half and though it does work sometimes, often it’s the same ole thing (AKA: BORING).Rule of Composition

The Rule of Composition (right) says that your main subject(s) should be located in one of 4 corners of your image. The image displays the 4 cross sections that you could use (upper left, upper right, lower right, lower left). Again, photographing something or someone straight on is the same boring look of every snapshot

And the last rule is ... DON'T BE ARAID TO BREAK THE RULES!

Friday, October 2, 2009