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Sir Samalot!

By maggie66
My son pretending to be a night at Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire. Any comments gratefully received.

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Voters: Kevlar, ValSaxby, G3 and 2 more


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Kevlar 9 161 3 United Kingdom
19 May 2008 6:18PM
Poor sam - so small in the frame - he would be much better if place down the steps a little - more towards the opening - looks like you are still having fun getting these shots, and no matter how much they break the rules, they are still great shots that you have taken of your son...and that is precious in itself.

Have you heard of the rule of thirds? rule of thirds

Also, it is worth reading up about the golden mean/golden section - all good advice when it comes to composition.

HTH kevin

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francisg 11 703 1 United Kingdom
19 May 2008 7:41PM
It is a good Idea, Just a shame that it hasn't been quite the success as intended. It would have been a bit better I think, had the subject not been quite as far up the window steps. Thus using the Window arch as a frame.

Frank
19 May 2008 7:44PM
Thanks Caoimhin. I hadn't heard of that but it is useful and I can see how this can help with the composition. Your'e right though at the moment I am having fun with the photos and Sam is a very willing model! I haven't been out and about much lately so these are images I have already taken but come the weekend I hope to put into practise all I have learned this week. Do you have any suggestions of what I should try out?
cheers
Kevlar 9 161 3 United Kingdom
20 May 2008 6:35AM
I think the best thing to do is keep it simple.

If you first learn a bit about basic composition as suggested above that will help most pictures look good - rarely anything placed in the center of the frame looks right - it is much better if it is placed on one of the 4 intersections - to do this, focus on your subject, hold the shutter half press and recompose - that way it will be in focus when you full press the shutter.

You have a very capable DSLR camera - read the manual and learn how to 'creatively' alter the aperture and shutter for different effect, do a bit of web searching and learn about apertures - try and get some images of Sam with a shallow depth of field and then with a deep depth. Get him running around and play with shutter speed - getting sharp images and then some that show motion blur....if nothing else, it'll tire him out near bed time Smile

Try and use the modes 'A - S - M' on the dial on the top of the camera as these will let you control the effect you want exactly.

Any more help, feel free to ask in the forums or PM me if you like.
regards, Kevin

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