5 Tips For for Digital Photographyby Tim Ng
There is no shortage of information out there and I am open to readers suggesting their favorite tips below in comments – but here are some of my favorite digital photography tips and tutorials gathered from research, tons of reading and experimentation.
1. The Rule of Thirds
One of the most popular ‘rules’ in photography is the Rule Of Thirds. It is also popular amongst artists. 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.
2. Finding Different Heights To Shoot From
y point is that when you get your camera out think about the height of the lens. If you end up shooting from a standing position, well that’s OK – but I will lay good money that 90% of pictures are better when taken from below four feet or over seven.
3. On Composition
On Composition suggests five ways to ‘both strengthen our photographic observational skills and improve our image making.’ The five areas are:
– Kill the Clutter
– Think Graphic Design
– Dark on Light and Light on Dark
– Be Mindful of Relationships
– Shoot not Objects, but rather Appearances
4. Having an Eye for Details
This approach works on every level, from the family album through e-mailed postcards to published images. Getting in close works.
5. Adding a Frame into the Image
One of the simplest ways to hold attention into a picture is to incorporate a frame into the image. When I talk about framing, I am not referring to the computer photo-editing features. Instead I am talking about a window or anything for the matter that serves as a frame for your subject.
Like everything in photography, the best way to learn is to a). have a go, b).get it wrong and c).learn from your own mistakes. Digital photography gives us un-precedented opportunities to experiment at little or no cost, playing with elements of composition is one of the most useful and rewwarding things to practice.