Week 3 – How to Become a Photographer

Rule of Thirds



This picture breaks the Rule of Thirds by placing my nephew in within the box formed by the four lines, as opposed to placing him at the intersections of the lines as dictated by the Rule of Thirds.  I think its interesting how all of his neighbors (the stuff animal gang) also lie primarily in the squares as opposed to the intersections.  It’s clear that the center focus of this picture is baby Gus, and Rule of Thirds or not, it’s a great picture!

Alter Your Perspective

Baldhead Island


This shot was taken at the Baldhead Island off the coast of North Carolina (just outside Wilmington).  This shot plays with perspective as the plant material is actually only 1-2 inches high, and the cliffs in the background are actually only a foot high, at most.  

(Note:  I did not actually go to Baldhead this weekend, but had actually taken this shot memorial day last year, however, it was too hard NOT to use this as the play perspective is pretty awesome.)

Playing with Lighting


This shot plays with lighting and perspective.  The close up shot makes the hippo seem larger than it actually is.  If I had removed the background and the removed the view of the flame, the hippo could have been taken to full-scale, or at least something larger than a 2-inch figurine.  



One thought on “Week 3 – How to Become a Photographer

  1. A very good set of examples and explanations. I agree the photo of your nephew (which is really a good one composition wise) is one where it does not strictly apply. It gets to be a question about what is being located. His face is not fully centered, and it is the facial elements, especially the eyes, which work well on the lines, which in fact where his left eye is lined up.

    The point is a perfectly centered person with nothing behind them creates somewhat of a equilibrium, so we balance the “weight” of our subject, the person by moving them off center, and balancing that with less weight (more more space) of background. It’s just something to experiment with, as you have done.

    Scale and perspective work really well; try also some side angles too.

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