By: Mark Kevin Galang MKG PhotoStyle
Photographs allow us to share and communicate with others on what matters to us most. We do not always take photos of everything, but we take photos of the people and the things that resonate with our emotions. Photographs also allows us to capture the beauty of the amazing corners of the earth. I discovered my passion and love for photography when I was in high school with my first 2011 Sony digital camera, a gift from Tita Dhei. My Passion in Photography keeps me going and really helps to express myself as a person and capture my precious moment in life.
Photography is a complicated art form. The elements of exposure, composition, light, subject matter, moment, and many others all come together to make a single two-dimensional image that is presented to a viewer. However, each of the elements can be methodically learned and combined to form your own photographs. Once you know how to operate your camera an extremely powerful tool you can add to your kit is a starting knowledge of composition.
Now guys, I want to share some of my ideas in creating a better quality content photographs.
Composition is the arranging of elements within the frame of a photograph. Every scene is different. Some will be simple, some will be much more complex. With that being said, here are elements of composition you can draw on to help your viewer see what you want them to in your photographs.
1. Rule of Thirds
This is one of the most common compositional techniques. Perhaps because it is so simple to implement, but also because of what it suggests. All you need to do is to divide your frame vertically into three equal parts and horizontally into three equal parts. By placing your subject on one of the four points where these dividing lines meet, you will encourage the viewer away from the centre of the frame. This forces them to look around the image and makes your composition more interesting.
2. Leading lines
One simple way to use lines is for their drawing power. Lines that are simply graphic can be used to lead the viewer around your image. These are called Leading Lines. When you’re looking at a scene and deciding how to compose it, consider what your subject is first and then consider what elements in the scene might draw the viewer towards that subject. There are many different types of line – straight, diagonal, curvy, zigzag, radial etc – and each can be used to enhance our photo’s composition.
II. Depth of Field
Depth of field is a key compositional element in many. It is one of the most important tools a photographer can use to create striking images. It can radically transform good photos into images that win hearts and minds.
If you want to really see the effects of shallow depth of field, make sure there’s a good amount of distance behind or in front of your subject, otherwise there won’t be anything to actually fall out of focus. Use (2.8, 1.8 , 1.4 or 1.2 aperture on lens) to create amazing bokeh in your photo.
III. Capture Interesting Lighting and color
Lighting is the most important thing to making a photo look professional. For our purposes here, lighting is the biggest contributor to light and dark, to colors, and to shapes and lines.The direction of light and shadow defines our lines and shapes. Lines, colors, shapes, light and dark are 99% of our image
There are many ways to make a portrait photo have more interesting lighting. You could simply place the person in the shade in order to put even lighting on their face, or you could turn their back to the sun so that hard shadows don’t rake across the face.
With landscape photography, time of day is absolutely imperative. 85% of the landscape photos in my portfolio of the best shots I’ve ever taken were photographed in the golden hour which is the sunset. Beginners in Photography often overlook this important tip and try to make a photo in the middle of the day. That’s rarely a recipe for success.
If you can learn to get the basic compositional structure of your images right, you will be making much better images than most photographers ever do. Be creative and be yourself!
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