So I’m remembering why I don’t do much photography done during the school year, I always forget how long the weeks are!
BUT… I got this great link to some composition ideas – some of the usual ones but also some new ones that I know I’ll want to remember:
1. Rule of thirds
2. Leading lines
5. Figure to ground
6. Fill the frame
7. Center the dominant eye
8. Patterns & repetition
Intrigued? Check it out here, and take the time to view the video, MANY more examples beyond the one shown in the article – lovely photographs!
PictureCorrect has a great article with 7 starter tips for sharper photos. It goes into detail into:
2. Cable release or remote
4. Mirror lock-up
5. Use your lens’ sharpest aperture
7. Image stabilization
You can read the whole article here .
In my case I started by using my monopod, with image stabilization off, which was a tremendous help in getting sharp photos. Later I realized that I was getting better at having a steady hand when taking photos handheld, and I started adjusting the shutter speed to go for sharper photos. I’d start at the inverse of the focal length, so if I was shooting at 100 mm I’d start at 1/100 sec, then adjust depending on whether I was shooting a moving (so faster shutter speed) or stable (no need to push the shutter speed) object.
When I started taking stock photos the goal of focus at 100% magnification, which is the requirement for many stock photo agencies, was daunting, but now I get it “tack-sharp” most of the time hand-held. It was a matter of getting out there and shooting lots of photographs, first with tripod and cable release, etc. , then monopod, now handheld… Remember I’ve been taking photos seriously for a number of years, got my first DLSR 10 years ago, take it one step at a time, and master your camera as you need to…
Click here for details on avoiding 15 most common photography mistakes, along these areas:
1. Light and shadow
8. Shutter speed
9. Camera basics
10. Trying to shoot at night without a tripod
Another great list, this one from PictureCorrect, of what not to do:
BAD HABIT #1: SHOOTING IN BRIGHT DAYLIGHT (need to avoid harsh shadows)
BAD HABIT #2: SHOOTING JPEG (though I do it…)
BAD HABIT #3: CENTERING THE SUBJECT (reminder of rule of thirds)
BAD HABIT #4: SHOOTING FROM EYE HEIGHT (so many angles you miss out this way)
BAD HABIT #5: IGNORING THE BACKGROUND (you saw this in my 4th of July entry)
BAD HABIT #6: TAKING COMMONPLACE SHOTS (that’s been fun, getting creative)
BAD HABIT #7: HAND-HOLDING EVERY SHOT (though I’m learning to get away with it)
BAD HABIT #8: TAKING ONE SHOT (definitely, don’t take the shot, make the shot)
Check out the details at PictureCorrect.