Forge your photography more enhanced with a bit  learning fleck

Forge your photography more enhanced with a bit learning fleck
Date : 5 July 2016

  • Focus the viewer’s attention

To raise the quality of your photos you must make sure that the main subject is of heightened interest and is effectively positioned in the frame to draw the viewer’s eye exactly to where you want it, and emphasize that subject. This can be done in a variety of creative, artistic and symbolic ways. Size, color, shape and how the object contrasts with the rest of the elements in the image are ways to isolate and direct attention to the subject.

  • Balance, Layout, Arrangement

 The layout of your images influences how visually effective or stimulating your photos will be. When composing your photo, seek a balance in the color, the lighting, and object placement within the frame’s constricting rectangle. When we talk about “balance” in a photograph, we mean a composition that has arranged the visual elements in such a way as to be pleasing to the eye. We’ve all seen group photos in which the subjects are stuck in the center of the frame with no apparent design other than to fit everyone in the frame, and without regard to effectively filling the frame either.

  • Use Contrast

 Contrast -- in lighting -- is another way to add dimension to an image. Lighting contrast is the difference between the lightest light and the darkest dark in a photograph. Manipulating this element, works wonders to extend the depth, the three-dimensional quality of a photograph - one of the great feats and benchmarks for your photographs. You can also use contrast in shape & size to affect the intricacy of your photos; contrasting geometry inherently creates that dramatic tension that we were talking about earlier. You feel like there is more to “the story”. 

  • Frame within a Frame

This is an artistic concept that photographers lifted from painters, which one uses a frame within the overall frame to further isolate an object/subject. The key to using a frame within a frame is to make sure that the frame is distinct in shape and lines, and is in sharp focus. Your viewer’s attention will immediately be taken to exactly what you want them to see by using this technique.

  • Blur the Background

 A photograph can have a blurry foreground or background, so this special optical property can enhance the composition of your photos by further isolating the main subject from everything else around it. You can blur the background or foreground by having command over the depth of field, which is controlled by the lens’ aperture, focal length and object’s distance from the lens. Mastering this skill is critical for more interesting images.

  • Pay Attention to Details

 As with everything else in life, the details need to be properly addressed and emphasized in photography. Every detail can do something different to your photograph or create a new meaning. A photo of a flower is much different when you can see the way the morning dew plays against the texture of the flower’s petals.

  • Crop and clip

One of the beauties of digital photography is the relative ease with which you can do post-processing, something formerly reserved for the darkroom. With Photoshop you can crop an image for better aesthetic results. Cropping is the process of re-framing a photograph to enhance the composition. We’ve all seen photos where there are distracting elements at the edges of frame, or perhaps intruding on the secondary areas of the main subject. You can crop the photo to eliminate these unwanted elements.

  • Opt for Simplicity

The concept of less is more lends itself effectively to just about everything, and photography is no exception. Overly complicated or complex photographic composition has the same problem as compound complicated sentences in writing, which make it difficult for the audience to understand and appreciate the idea that is trying to be conveyed. Simple in this context doesn’t mean simplistic, but rather lacking unnecessary elements that confuse or are redundant. In photography creating uncluttered, but distinct compositions simplify yet enhance the delivery of the idea. The mind’s eye of the viewer can do all the heavy lifting.  

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