Have you ever returned back from vacation only to realize that photos from your favourite Camera are missing that Waoo Factor !!
In this first series we will review some of the basic principles of Photography which would help you facelift and add a punch to your everyday photography:
Studies have suggested that human eyes naturally go towards intersection of a line rather than center.
For instance look at the first picture, particularly how the couple is placed at the center of the frame. On the contrary the second picture has the subject in about one-third of the frame.
Lets take this idea a little further and divide the frame in nine equal parts. Placing the main subject in one of those four red intersections add a punch and synergy to whole frame.
Placing the main subject at lower intersection point creates a similar dramatic effect.
Most of the cameras have built in grid view function. So next time you pick up your camera think about composing your subjects with rules of third.
Chances are that you have already heard of KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) in one or the other discipline. For photography this translates to keeping your subject free of any distractions. If you look at both photos on left the eyes naturally lean more towards the foreground, the car in front and the moon. Our main subject (moon here) gets lost among too many attention diverging objects. There is a similar chaos in the second photo on left. On the contrary both photos on right are composed of more simpler subjects and the main focus is one and one only subject.
There is no universal method to achieve this. I have listed below some of the most common ways to simplify your subject
Move and Recompose: You can simply move and recompose your shot (or perhaps try a new angle) to remove any unnecessary distractions.
Zoom In: A telephoto lens would help you create a nice Bokeh Effect.
Shooting From a higher vantage point: not only gets rid of objects nearby but also provides a different perspective of the subject.
Crop Photos: If all of the above methods fail you can always crop the image in post processing. Free software like Picasa, GIMP provide very useful yet easy way to achieve this.
Leading Lines and patterns approaching infinity always work like a hypnosis. They give a sense of deep relation to the subject.
There is no one right way to shoot your favourite event. That being said, never shy of breaking the rules. As some one has wisely said, master the rule good enough to break it.