January’s theme / technique: Composition and Framing
Composition and Framing is dictated by the camera and lens equipment as well as where you can and cannot stand whilst viewing the subject. Challenge yourself by using a prime lens or not using the zoom on your lens so you have to physically move to take the shot. Often the more creative images come about from taking the time to move around a subject. We’ll explore some of these techniques over the coming months, but for now consider these tips:
- Horizontal vs vertical – which looks better? Why?
- Missing parts of people or objects irritate the viewer and create an incomplete image. It distracts the eye. So watch the edges of your image.
- Rule of thirds
- Look for frames – These come in two types, natural or man-made. Natural would be an opening in trees or a rock formation with a hole in it. Man-made frames are doorways, windows or arches. All of these help contain the subject or scene in a form that is very pleasing to the eye.
- Watch your background. Make sure that there is nothing there that would detract from your subject. Things like chimneys or lamp-posts growing out of heads and other subjects diverting the eye from the main subject. You want balance by not going in too close but including enough of the environment of the subject or object to contextualise it.
This week's assignment - Get in closer still. Decide whether to use the vertical or horizontal aspect ratio. Image orientation produces different emphases and can alter the whole dynamic of a shot.
Landscape-shaped images (horizontal orientation) tend to emphasise the relationship between subject elements in the right and left of the frame, while portrait-shaped pictures (vertical orientation) tend to relate to foreground and background subject elements. You can of course break the rules and use an unconventional orientation.
My third image of the Godrevy Lighthouse draws us in closer to the subject. This was taken from the highest spot of Godrevy Point looking south over the bay. Once again I have used the rule of thirds to position the lighthouse on the 3rd vertical with the horizon on the 1st horizontal. This was taken using the maximum zoom on my camera lens. I could have used a vertical orientation here, but I liked the smaller building in the bottom left corner to suggest the height of the lighthouse.
[Olympus E-M10 Camera with a 40 – 150mm zoom lens, Focal length: 150mm, F.stop: f/8]
If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂
- Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
- Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in February