Getting it right

Getting it right

So there is a lot to taking good pictures and I like to feel that the pictures that we use with our articles are not at all bad. Many years ago my portfolio included the publication of a variety of in-house magazines and newsletters. It became apparent that some work needed to be done on our photography so we engaged with an approved school and started a course it was interesting work allowed us to take time off, paid for film and even bought a few cameras for our studio.

We learnt the rules and how to break them as well, yet much becomes intuitive. The rules do help guide one though but at the end of the day, it’s your own decision as to what you do.

The key to good pictures as a guiding principle is composition! But more is required, once you understand the rules you can then break them! Sounds strong though. But this is where the experimentation begins. I still shoot film and even when I shoot digital I still shoot economically, film taught me that. It also taught me to break the rules when necessary. You need to have an eye for detail and the nuances of a good picture, see the subject or scene and organise the picture in a fashion that pleases you. Create your image within the rectangle that is your picture. Composition helps you organise your picture in a fashion that pleases you and others. Remember to make your own rules. Good composition is the foundation of good photography. It’s how you arrange visual elements into a visually interesting picture, and it’s not always easy. You can not simply focus on the main subject. So what do we do? Firstly we apply a technique known as the “rule of thirds” which allows you to divide your frame for optimal composition, think of it as a grid created by horizontal and vertical lines ( a 3×3 grid ).In this way, you will compose an interesting image as it allows you to create balance and flow to the picture. The picture becomes interesting from the top to the bottom and from side to side. Balance is also important as the various quadrants of the image complement each other and are pleasing to the eye. Don’t have too much going on in your picture as it can be confusing. So aim for balance it’s aesthetically correct and pleasing to the eye. You will find your balance as it’s not something that can be taught. It’s something that comes with time! Remember that a photograph is a two-dimensional image look for lines that lead you into the image and pull you into a point of focus. They can be anything even a road or tree may do it for you! As long as they draw your attention. They will help create depth, shape and a sense of dimension. This will give you a third dimension.

So get out there and experiment, have fun and create pure images. Enjoy yourself and your equipment!

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