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some photography tips (karma: 2)
By Kathymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 10712, member since Wed Mar 05, 2003
On Sun Jan 04, 2009 08:11 AM
Made sticky by Theresa (28613) on 2009-01-08 16:33:26

I decided to write down some general photography tips.

I will add more to this thread when I notice that some problems with photography come up quite often. So it might be useful to read the comments to the thread as well. :)
(I also might change the pictures here once I find better ones to demonstrate.)

While reading this keep one thing in mind: Those ARE general rules, but smetimes there are moments when it´s better to break them. In most cases they fit, but not always. You know what you want to show with your picture, so it´s also you who has to decide when to follow a rule and when to break it and why.


A good website I found that I suggest to read is this one:
digital-photography-school.com . . .
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digital-photography-school.com . . .
digital-photography-school.com . . .
(It´s the same website, but I added the areas where I think they´re most interesting, on the left side you find more links to other good parts)




In this thread I will add some things that come up in this board a lot. More can be read at the website I posted above and if you still have some questions, don´t be scared to ask. :)



Rule of thirds

There are two nice articles I found about it in the web:
en.wikipedia.org . . .
digital-photography-school.com . . .

Short summary: Photos often appear boring when the main subject is in the dead center of the picture. Placing them a bit to the side makes them look more interesting.

Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/thirds1.jpg' Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/thirds2.jpg'






simplicity

good wikipedia article about it: en.wikipedia.org . . .(photography)

Very often I see photos here that would look much better if the background wouldn´t be so cluttered. You do not really know what exactly the photographer wanted to show you, because the main subject somehow gets lost. A neutral or blurred background can help to make the picture look much better.

Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/simplicity1.jpg' Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/simplicity2.jpg'






do not cut off

Yes, there are moments when cutting something off was wanted and good, but quite often I see photos where it was completly unnecessary and destroys the picture that could be good otherwise.
One example would be taking a photo of a person. People like it a lot to put the head of that person in the middle of the photo, completly forgetting that this causes the feet to be cut off and a huge empty space above the head. Fill that empty space! When you allready read about Rule of Thirds you also learned allready, that dead center isn´t good, so don´t do it here. ;)

Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/fullperson1.jpg' Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/fullperson2.jpg'






small things (for example animals and children)

I see a lot that people photograph their children or pets from above. There are some cases when it looks cute how they look up to the camera, but in most cases it´s better to go down to their eye level (by the way, that rule is not only for children or animals, but for other things as well, like flowers for example). Yes, I know that this can make you to crawl on the ground, but hey, if you want a lovely picture, then you need to put some work into it. ;) I can´t count how often I allready lay down in dirt to have the perfect picture.

Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/animal1.jpg' Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/KathyKesby/photographytips/animal2.jpg'

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re: some photography tips
By Kathymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 10712, member since Wed Mar 05, 2003
On Mon Jun 22, 2009 06:24 PM
Edited by Kathy (58629) on 2009-06-22 18:25:09
and here my lense review thread (click on pic):

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re: some photography tips
By lorrimoris Comments: 5, member since Tue Jan 07, 2014
On Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:40 AM
Photography is done by designers who beautifully design the photos..

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