Monday, October 6, 2008

My slant on rules

Framing (no not setting someone up), but the way you position your subject in the picture. This is a very touchy subject in the world of the camera club competition; because like most of what they do it is all tired up with rules and heaven help you if you break them.
The basic rule is the rule of thirds, it works like this, Imaginary lines are drawn dividing the image into thirds both horizontally and vertically. You place important elements of your composition where these lines intersect. This is the most simple and effective way to improve your photos, try it on some images you already have, just crop them to move the important element. Watch most films and TV programs and see where the faces fall on the screen, the rule of thirds is every where. But don’t become a slave to the rule, sometime it’s fun to do things differently, I would not have got away with this in the camera club.



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4 comments:

Michaela said...

Hmm yeah. Straying from the rules (a favourite activity of mine) does make a picture more interesting, just like yours. Although, you need to know the rules to break them and I have a lack of knowledge in the photography department. I'm sure I break a billion rules and I would be kicked out of your camera club. Whatevs. I'm a rebel fo' life. Great shot Brett!

babooshka said...

Rules are meant to be broken. If I am working, rule of thirds usually apply. However, occasionally someone will have the forsight to let me suggest framing the image from another viewpoint. Far more interesting and eyecatching. Excellent image. I am so glad I never joined a camera club, otherwise I would have been a very pedestrian and bored photographer.

Lola said...

I LIKE this one. Sod the rules!

geelizzie said...

oh, the heck with camera clubs and stuffy rules! your photo is alive with interest and pops with color-beautiful!

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