Hey Tony, sometimes I just feel lost about the composition of the pictures. I took a lot of pitcures, but few of them were satisfying...Would you like to give some tips about compositon? Thanks a lot!
Composition, eh? OK…
The supposed golden rule in the composition of all artwork is The Rule of Thirds. This is where the image is broken up into horizontal and vertical thirds giving a total of 9 rectangles. So, for a landscape you’d have a third sky, a third distance and a third foreground
Foreground interest: have something in the foreground to draw you into the image - a boulder, a fallen tree, a puddle with a reflection
Lead lines: these are parallel lines such as a railway line or tractor tracks through a cornfield. If you can work these into an image they will draw your viewers in
An ‘S’ line: very similar to lead lines but the ‘S’ line can walk you through an image bringing you in at one side and out through another
To get an idea what lead and ‘s’ lines can do take a look at Rainer Steinke’s images HERE; he’s just produced a very nice set of landscapes using both. There’s also a photograph of his dog taken from a low angle with a large puddle in the foreground (if you don’t already follow him you might like to; he’s a good photographer)
DON’T just shoot images for shooting’s sake. STOP, take a look around, think about what you want your image to ‘say’. Don’t rush, take your time
All rules are made to be broken. It doesn’t matter if you ignore the rule of thirds, lead and ‘s’ lines or any other rule. Sometimes they just can’t be used
Practice… you have a digital camera (I hope!) so experimenting will cost you nothing only time
Look at the work of other photographers. See what they are doing
The great Ansel Adams once said that if you get 12 images that you’re really pleased with each year then you’ve had a good year. Not every shot is a winner. So far this year I think I have three images that I’m really pleased with.
I hope that helps you a little. If you need any more help please don’t hesitate to mail me.
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Hey Tony, any tips for people who are new and keen to learn about photography? :)
Hi, Neil! Thanks for your note…
I see you’ve got a Nikon D7000 - good choice! So… tips:
Learn as much as you can about how your camera works and what it is capable of - read the manual and experiment with the settings so you know what they do. Take plenty of images so that you can learn what each function does as you learn about it
Read a good book on exposure. Try Michael Freeman’s “The Photographer’s Exposure Field Guide”, which is cheap and an excellent guide. I’ve linked the title to Amazon’s UK page where the book is priced at £6.39
Once you know how light works and is captured by the camera you can use it to make your images more creative
Think about the image you’re going to take. Check around the viewfinder to make sure there are no distractions from the main subject. Keep the camera level and squeeze the shutter release GENTLY
Most of all ENJOY what you’re doing. Photography is a great medium for self-expression. Be creative!
Hope that helps, Neil.
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