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Photography training for beginners and intermediate photographers

Do you want to take your photography to the next level or just get to know the basics? then read on..

In this training blog we cover 5 aspects of photography that will start you off and get your photos looking professional.

  • Know your subject
  • Composition
  • Light and creative lighting
  • Focus and depth of field
  • Editing

In this tutorial blog we will be covering; Know your subject and composition.

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Know your subject:

Choose a subject you can relate to or a hobby you enjoy.

What catches your eye? Why does it appeal to you? You should be asking yourself these things when you are taking pictures. If you choose subjects that you feel a connection with you will create more interesting photos. This is simply because you are interested in the subject yourself.

The subject can be anything from people, animals, wildlife, nature, landscapes, toys, games and buildings. The list is endless.

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Composition:

Rule of Thirds:  This rule is easy if you have a grid view in your camera viewfinder. Your view is divided into nine sections by two vertical lines and two horizontal lines. Look at the four points where the lines intersect. These are the thirds of the image.

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To get a more pleasing image place your subject at either of these vertical lines. Now look at the horizontal lines. A more interesting image is created when the horizon image is either at the top horizontal line or the bottom horizontal line. If you are photographing a person, place the eye closest to the camera on one of the intersecting points.

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Leading lines:  This is a composition technique for beginners as it’s easy to pick up and once learned you’ll never “unsee” leading lines. These lead the viewer’s eye to the subject but can be used to direct the eye out of the image or wherever you want the eye to go. Examples of these could be: a row of clouds, rivers or a line of trees, roads, converging buildings. When photographing people your subject’s limb placement, using arms and legs to lead the viewer’s eye to the subject’s face. Leading lines don’t have to be straight.

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Framing:  You can frame your subject by in a variety of ways for example in an archway, a door or on a bridge. If you want a more natural frame use a tree branch, cave or mountain. Or your subject could create a frame by posing positioning arms or hands around their face. 

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Repetition:  If something is repeated once or twice it makes the photo more interesting. If its repeated several times it becomes a pattern. Colour, shape, part of objects or whole objects can be repeated for strong composition.

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Focal point:  Leaving space around your subject gives it “breathing room” within the frame. The minimalism of this photography composition technique ensures that the viewer’s eye is drawn to the subject. 

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 Patterns:  These are formed by repetition of shapes, objects and lines. They create harmony within an image. The trick with patterns is to make sure they fill the frame.You can also insert an object to break the pattern which adds another level of interest to your image.

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