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Composition: The Essence of Good Photography!

Composition: The Essence of Good Photography!

A snapshot is a picture taken without any thought or planning. The photographer aims the camera in the general direction of the subject and pushes the button. A photograph is taken by a person who makes a plan before pushing the button, a person who asks: 
"Why am I taking the picture? What am I trying to show? What is the point I am trying to make with this photo? Who is the client? What has the client asked me to do?" 

So let's examine all the elements that make up good photographic composition:

  • Rule of Thirds: Keep your subject out of middle, place in right or left, top or bottom
  • A foreground element: Place a person or an object in left or right foreground for depth
  • Framing the subject: Frame subject in archway, tree limbs, doorway, or window
  • Leading lines: Look for lines that lead the viewer's eye to the subject
  • Shooting at the decisive moment: Wait for a person/vehicle to enter just the right spot
  • Turn your subject sideways: Pose people with body sideways, face turned to camera
  • Get low and close: Camera lens should be low, at eye level of kids and animals
  • Look for red: Wait for the person in a red jacket or with red umbrella to appear in frame
  • In Aperture priority: For background: F2 = 2 people in focus, F22 = 22 people in focus
  • In Shutter priority: Use it to freeze or blur action, or to make moving objects disappear
  • Fill the frame: Avoid too much dead space, fill the frame with the subject, getting close

And there is much much more! Come join us on a safari to see what it takes to make GREAT IMAGES!

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