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Photography: Composition


So, here I am following up on my brilliant idea 😀

The advent of digital photography has already reduced the possibility of bad pictures to a large extent but there will always be a difference between a good picture and a great picture. And that difference, is the eye of the taker. A great picture always tells a story. It has a theme. Take an ad-campaign for a car. A Porsche is always shown in front of a huge mansion or with a suited guy. The USP is accomplishment. Simply a picture of a Porsche in the middle with nothing around will not mean much, whereas the idea of achievement attached to owning a Porsche, by using symbols of the same in the composition, will sell.

In effect, how the photo is composed speaks volumes. My genius photographer friend (GPF from now on) told me a simple rule of the thirds. Divide your frame in 3 and then shoot. So for example, if I’m shooting the ocean and sky , instead of splitting the picture half and half into water and air, pick one third ocean and two thirds sky or vice versa. That removes the boringness (I make up words, shut up) of the picture. Adding to that principle, if there is a subject for the picture, instead of placing it/them smack in the middle (Its not a passport photo for God’s sake) place them such that there is a context to them and allow the picture to have a flow.

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6 responses

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  4. congress gawat

    Good start. Remember: The above tips are not to be called or learnt as rules. These are most widely used methods and are guidelines. Do not make them “rules”.
    Examples: your last photo does not follow the rule of the 3rds. Still looks nice.
    Caution: When you do not have subject in center there are high chances of focusing on the background. Be aware of the focus point while clicking. You will not notice messed up focustill you transfer to PC.
    PS: whats with the always tilted horizons?

    September 30, 2009 at 1:17 am

  5. Wow!!! I love photogrpahy too, will keep this in mind!!

    September 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

  6. Madz

    Too Good….
    i get the difference… 🙂

    September 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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