Friday, January 29, 2010

Photography 101...Composition

This week's class focused primarily on composition and also touched on histograms and white balance.  Did you know that you can pre-set your white balance?  If you want to get photos with good exposure, you can take a pic of your subject holding a gray card and then set your white balance to that photo.  If you don't have a gray card, you can also take a pic of someone wearing a white t-shirt.  If you don't know how to set your white balance, simply go to your menu and choose white balance.  If you scroll through, you will see where you can pre-set it.  Choose that and then choose the photo to set the balance to.

a gray card

Talking about composition, here are some things to think about to take better photos.  I'm not going to go into detail but just list them and show some photos that display what I'm talking about.  If you are interested in reading more on each one, go here.
  •  Rule of Thirds
  • Balance...placing the main subject off-center can create a more interesting photo.
  • Leading Lines 
road
  • Symmetry and Patterns
  • View Point
  • Background
  • Depth
  • Framing
  • Cropping
  • Experiment
That's it for this week.  I mentioned last week about an assignment.  Well, I skipped that assignment, because I missed Monday's class so I jumped to the next assignment.  A park bench.  I only had one day and no car so I took a pic of an outside chair at my parent's house.  It's definitely not one of my finer pics, but I will still let you see it.

chair
ISO 400, white balance : cloudy, aperture f/4.8, shutter 1/400

I honestly don't know what I was trying to capture which was part of the problem.  My head was still in a tired fog from our trip and my creative juices were not flowing.  I'm excited about next week's assignment and hope that between now and then the creativity starts flowing!

3 comments :

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

I think that in your tired fog you were capturing the empty chairs emptiness... :-) You were thinking "I sure would love to just sit down in it".....

blissful_e said...

I think using an outdoor chair as a substitute for a park bench is pretty creative! I like the colours in your photo.

But most of all you cracked me up by saying "but I will still let you see it."

I didn't realise the cards used for getting the white balance are gray!! Crazy!

Debbie O said...

I like all the textures represented in your photo.

Reading about your class is just making me KNOW that I need to take a class. I love photography but half the time have no idea what I am doing.lol!!

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