10 Top Photography Composition Rules There are no fixed rules in photography, but there are guidelines which can often help you to enhance the impact of your photos. It may sound clichéd, but the only rule in photography is that there are no rules. However, there are are number of established composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene. These guidelines will help you take more compelling photographs, lending them a natural balance, drawing attention to the important parts of the scene, or leading the viewer's eye through the image. Once you are familiar with these composition tips, you'll be surprised at just how universal most of them are. You'll spot them everywhere, and you'll find it easy to see why some photos "work" while others feel like simple snapshots. Rule of Thirds Imagine that your image is divided into 9 equal segments by 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines. Doing so will add balance and interest to your photo. Balancing Elements Leading Lines Viewpoint Depth
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Den Fremmede Five Minute Photographer - Photography Tutorials Balance in photography an important composition techniques What does balance in photography mean? If you place every element of interest in a photograph on one side or another, or more commonly by the beginners in the center of the image, you are leaving little or nothing to look at on the opposite side. This will be a unbalanced and most likely an uninteresting image. Formal balance There are basically two types of balance in photography. Informal balance The second type, informal balance or so called asymmetrical balance is when one or more dissimilar elements are balancing on each side of a given point. If you have a large object in the image it should be counter balanced with a smaller object or objects to make a good composition. Use of asymmetrical balance is more challenging and requires more artistic skill and training to do well compared to symmetrical composition. Radial balance There is also a third type of balance in photography – radial balance. How can you achieve a good balance in your images? Light against dark.
How to find your lens' sweet spot What is a lens sweet spot? It’s something you’ve probably heard mentioned before, but all a lens’ sweet spot means is the aperture setting at which it is the sharpest (learn how to Master your aperture with our free f-stop chart). It’s important to understand that your lens doesn’t retain the same level of sharpness throughout its aperture range, so by finding your lens’ sweet spot you will put yourself in a better position for getting sharper images. The unofficial rule states that your lens’ sweet spot will usually sit somewhere in the mid-range apertures of f/8 to f/11. But how do you find that sweet spot? How to find your lens’ sweet spot Step 1: Set your digital camera on a tripod and attach a sheet of newspaper to a flat wall (see 4 tips for sharper shots when using a tripod). Step 2: Make sure your lens is pointed straight at the paper. Step 3: Look at the shots on your PC screen, zooming in to 100%. 44 essential digital camera tips and tricksDO or Di?
jessica lenard artistprintmaker Great Photography Tutorials Improving your photography: Composition IMPROVING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHYLesson Two: Composition by Peter Ensenberger,Arizona Highways Director of Photography In a recent "Photography Talk" column, I discussed developing an awareness of light and its relationship to the subjects in your photographs. Light and shadow become integral parts of composition when skillfully incorporated, and should be your first consideration before setting up to make a photograph. Composing a photograph is essentially an editing process - deciding what to leave in and what to leave out. Here are some of the basic elements of effective composition: It is usually best to have one main subject as the focal point because a photograph can successfully tell only one story.
San Diego City College Materials for Students Please understand clearly, grades are not an entitlement; they are something you earn. If you come into a class needing a specific grade for whatever reason, getting it will be easy and straightforward -- work hard and earn it. I do not believe in what used to be called "motivational grading" that held the foolish notion that giving students good grades regardless of work product made them feel better about themselves and want to achieve more. In practice it diminished the value and credibility of the whole system and made them not motivated but lazy since they did not have to work for them. To help you feel better about yourself you need to GET better at what you do. In basic level classes I will grade you on effort and progress individually, not against each other. In the advanced or vocational classes however, I will grade your work on appropriate but more objective standards based on professional standards. Below is how I will grade different types of work.
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