Alright, So I started getting interested in photography when I was extremely young. It was one of those things that I saw as being exponentially fun because my uncle would let me use his incredible digital camera. It was a DSLR, one of those original ones and he had a few of the accessories which went with it. We thought that it was cool that he had one, as no one had ever had a professional camera in our family, and well, they were really expensive pieces of equipment. Honestly, I never figured out what he was photographing but he was able to teach me the essentials to operate a DSLR camera and I was Hooked.
What makes me an authority figure on how to hold a camera, you might ask? Well for starters I would just like to say that I am not, nor should I be an authority figure on how to take “the perfect picture”. But I do believe that there something about the way people see which decides whether or not they are good or bad at taking pictures.
I call it: The Eye
I believe that you’ve got yo have an eye for photography and that most of your work when taking a picture is in your composition. Consider what is in the frame, what has been excluded from the from and of course what is in focus, vs what is not in focus.
Okay so hold on one second…
Please remember that I write these articles as I go and I’m not going back to edit them, so they are RAW (photography joke), and real. Basically these articles are my live train of thought, you may even be learning things as I learn them.
Alright, so to explain a little bit better I obviously don’t want to waste my time creating things which the world has already made. So just take a look at this image from The Phoblographer, I have also included a link to their blog on this subject, should you wish to receive more insightful information on the subject.
Here is an image below which outlines the basics of composition. This includes:
The Rule of Thirds –
This masked grid allows you to visually align your image either centre or off centre in order to create a better composition. This grid is extremely useful when framing because there are key thirds points which align the image accurately. It must be some kind of crazy, visual mathematical thing that is pleasing to the eye, but the important thing to remember is that it exists.
There is an idea that when you provide the subject in the image with more negative space, you can create a sense of movement. Be sure to give this one a try so that you see for yourself, exactly what we’re talking about. This is especially effective when the subject is facing the direction of presumed motion.
It is always good to think about your subjects before you start shooting them. This often includes taking the time and the energy in order to declutter the backgrounds of your images. Unless the background is your subject matter, or vital to the composition, simplifying what is in the image is often going to make for a better composition.
Leading Lines –
Architectural lines which taper into the background create a great sense of depth. Try to use these lines to compose your images in new and interesting ways. it is especially useful to distort perception. This style of depth obsessed photography is in fact very desirable. I’ve even seen an entire Instagram page, dedicated to just this.
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My favourite Photographer: Peter McKinnon
Honestly one of my favourite photographers to ever live. There is one more, but I think that might be an entirely different blog or article or whatever this is… Okay, so what I would recommend is that you watch this video below.
Honestly, before I start writing this AGAIN, I really hope that you appreciate it and share it. I just lost an entire version of this post. PLUS I’m the kind of writer who writes on the edge. I don’t waste my time writing into an application, saving my shit and then uploading it neatly online. I write all at once and then edit if necessary, or when someone points out spelling or grammar errors. The fact is that I can get a lot more done if I just go for it. So I’ll reserve the proofreading for commissioned work.
Back to the Point.
Below you’re going to find an incredible video by Peter McKinnon. The reason that I favour him over so many photographers is that he is able to convert a tutorial on how to do something in a way which is both entertaining and makes sense at the same time.
If you really think about it, Photography might be something which is fun, but it is not necessarily the easiest thing to do or the cheapest hobby to be a part of. Never the less, McKinnon makes composition easy and encourages you to think differently when taking your photos.
He’s also a big advocate for actually DOING! There is no point in watching a video on how to do something unless you’re actually going to go out there and do it. This is why I’m so adamant about building Free News Club at the moment. I know that unless I actually start to build this page now and make a name for myself in the industry, I’m never actually going to accomplish anything real. Especially not with an online business which requires years of learning and understanding.
Here is the video on composition I promised you:
Before I leave You!
I’m really happy with the way this first insert into FreeNews.club turned out!
I hope that you have enjoyed your time here and that you will give us a bookmark and watch this space for all of the cool things that are coming your way. It is my hopes to eventually have a team of writers who are dedicated to writing across a plethora of topics.
Hopefully, those writers will also be a lot more talented than me, and you’ll enjoy their writing a lot more.
I look forward to writing to you guys again soon.