The Ubiquitous – and Much Derided – Rule of Thirds It’s been the favourite ‘rule’ of camera clubs since photographs started to imitate ‘art’. Imagine that your image is divided into nine equal segments by two vertical and two horizontal lines. Try to position the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or
Before I took my first photographs on my own camera (a Coronet 44, I think), at the age of 12, I hadn’t ever considered or learned about composition. I thought it only had something to do with painting…. and it was certainly something our Art teacher kept rattling on about. I disregarded composition entirely. Then
Good Composition is a key element of good photographs yet is something that is hard to define. Instead of looking at composition as a set of ‘rules’ to follow – view it as a set of ingredients that can be used to make a great ‘meal’ (photograph). Alternatively, think of it as a set of
Are you trying to understand the “exposure triangle”? Canon has developed an online interactive camera exposure simulator that allows users to move sliders which control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create the desired exposure and effect. Any brand of camera follows these principles, as long as there are manual control features available. There is
Most of us have heard, and probably used, the term f-number. Most of us have also probably used the term interchangeably with “f- stop” or “aperture”. What are all these things, really? Yes, they have to do with the size of the hole allowing light to pass through the lens, and they affect depth of
It’s that time of year again…. how to – without being in the Alps or the Rockies – capture some interesting pictures in the snow. One of the major challenges when shooting outdoors in the winter is the snow. The snow presents some interesting challenges that make it one of the toughest scenes to shoot.
Everyone, at some stage, is a beginner. In work, a hobby, life in general. We look at those who have more experience and expertise than us and feel inadequate. Photography is the same. You pick up this amazing photographic machine [Point & Shoot OR DSLR camera] in a shop, feels its weight, see all the
Congratulations on getting a new digital SLR. It’s only natural that you can’t wait to start using it, but it’s worth spending a few minutes configuring your camera correctly first. Not only will this save you time and effort in the long run, it’s a good way of familiarising yourself with your camera’s layout, and