Points of Interest
One of the most basic rules in photography is “the rule of thirds.” And it bears repeating because once you understand it you’re on your way to capturing brilliance. Portraits or landscapes, the rule stays the same. The rule states that an image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. The four points formed by the intersections of these lines can be used to align features in the photograph. This technique
can definitely create more tension, energy and interest in the photo than simply centering the image.
The points of interest in the photo don’t have to actually touch one of these lines to take advantage of the rule of thirds. For example, the brightest part of the sky near the horizon where the sun recently set does not fall directly on one of the lines, but does fall near the intersection of two of the lines, close enough to take advantage of the rule.
What’s so special about dawn and dusk? It has to do with the angle that light hits objects. And there is such a wide spectrum of colors that you get at thirty minutes before and thirty minutes after sunrise or sunset. It’s in this time period you get cloud formations, weather, shadows and color changes in the sky. Just a matter of minutes or seconds can drastically change a photo.
Another interesting factor is shutter speed. If we are talking digital camera the camera’s shutter speed allows you to freeze action or use motion blur to create many interesting and stunning visual effects.
Shutter speed is dependent on the length of exposure and is expressed in fractions of seconds. High shutter speed, eg 1/1000 of a second, can even freeze the fastest moving subjects. But there are several things to take note of.
Light has three main qualities: Intensity, direction and color. Another important factor is the angle of the light entering the frame. Think about what kind of shadows you want, and whether you want to use fill-in-flash. Great affects can be achieved if you are shooting at night. You can create all sorts of cool effects like lights in motion, pictures with moonlight, or silhouettes. Lighting can be the deciding factor as to whether your photograph will be spectacular or displeasing to the senses.
What makes a good landscape? Many factors go into this genre but one of the most important things to remember is the KISS factor. Keeping it Simple is true in many areas of life and landscape photography is one of them. Of course you don’t want it so simple that it’s boring. The main thing to keep in mind is the balance between the background and foreground.
Street photography is truly an art; usually done in black & white, often concentrates on a touching moment in time in the blink of an eye. It can be a documentary that features subjects in candid situations within public places. It can show humor, joy or heartbreak down on the streets of skid row. Street Photography brings out the best in most freelancers and gives photography a feeling of purity, like a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society.The art of a good street photographer is to go unnoticed and keep the subject from being aware that he or she is being photographed. Perhaps follow in the footsteps of one profoundly famous French photographer.
He was considered the father of modern photojournalism who was known to wrap a large handkerchief around his camera and pretend to blow his nose while he took the picture.
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