Composing a Photo
Photographers compose a picture much like a Composer does a song, with a lot of thought and technique. You want your pictures to tell a story. You don't want someone looking at your pictures wondering what you were going for (if you do, then that's fine).You could follow the "rules" of composition or "wing it" depending on what you're going for, remember you're the composer.You could line up your subject along one of the imaginary "thirds" instead of dead centre. You could use leading lines like a fence or river or such to direct your viewers eyes immediately to your subject. You could frame your subject in a doorway or window or nature made frame or such.If you want your picture easy to read you may want to steer clear of "busy" backgrounds or too many subjects scattered throughout the photo.You can be imaginative or even artistic but still have mercy on your viewers.Watch your exposure so the picture isn't ruined by being too dark or too light, though you do want lighting to add atmosphere to your shot.You also, probably, want your setup to be complimentary to your subject. Sometimes that means blurring the background so only the subject is in focus. Sometimes that means just enough light or shade. Sometime it means shooting from a different or variety of angles and positions.Remember to use a higher ISO for darker environments or night shots and visa versa for lighter environments. You don't want the use of a flash unit to look like you used a flash, it is to compliment existing light.When you use a slower shutter speed, using a tripod will help avoid camera shake that could blur your shot.There are a lot of composition rules you may or may not want to use so choose wisely and have mercy on your viewers as you create great pictures. Don't forget to have fun.
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