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Photography in Practice

Hey photographers!

This week we had to read up on/watch some handy tips and advice on becoming a better photographer and get to work with our cameras.

THE ASSIGNMENT

Write a blog post towards the end of the week that summarizes the tips you tried. Inlcude:

Link and credit for the tip
Embed an example of a photo where you tried the technique
Describe how you thought about this, or what approach (or variation) you tried.
Take your photo that you are most proud of in terms of learning a new photo technqiue, and write a summary blogpost and make sure you write a portion based on reflection of the material read/watched/listen to.

THE WORK

The first technique that I worked with was by DARREN KUROPTWA and in his slideshow he stated that photographers should “fill the frame”. I naturally like to fill my frames  because I believe it takes out any empty space that may not have anything to do with the meaning behind the photograph. For example, the pictures I take with my dog are better when he takes up most of the frame. He is the subject of my photograph, so I want him to be the main thing to look at. An example is below:

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The next technique I wanted to play with was light which David duChemin mentions in his book TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT WITHOUT BUYING GEAR. Mr. duChemin states that light is a key to photography. Photos look really grainy and of poor quality when the light is low so I wanted to make a few test shots with differences in light exposure. The first shot is a nail polish set-up with the ceiling light on and the second one includes a bright, white light directly pointed at it. The second photograph looks much better to me. It makes each line more clear and contrasts the forward nail polish with the blurry background.

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The third technique I worked on was “the rule of thirds” which Darren Rowse wrote about in his article. From what I understand, the rule of thirds states that one should imagine a gridline when taking a photograph and that it is important to center the interesting points of the subject on the intersecting parts of the grid. This was very challenging for me. I went outside to take pictures of a small little well that is in our front yard. I didn’t exactly know what parts of it should be on which gridline intersections. I tried a few things and finally came up with the picture below. I really like, it’s true that if the subject is smack in the middle, it makes the picture look awkward!

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THE REFLECTION

The rule of thirds was the most “educational” thing I practiced. I have never really heard of it but based on what i’ve read, it is a good rule of thumb for anybody starting out. This article simply states that “off center is more pleasing to the eye” and that following the gridline will force a photographer to become more creative with negative space. I found this to be painfully true… I went outside and tried to take some photos of nature scenes and although I had an interesting subject, some of the negative space was so boring. I had to move around to find different angles or get closer. It was really difficult to fill that space with something meaningful.  I even tried pictures of my dog sitting in a field but that didn’t work because everything around him was a waste of space. Finally, I had to zoom in really close and I took a picture of a wooden fence that had leaves wrapped around it. I liked the result because the top of the fence occupies one point, the pattern of the fence occupies another, and the leaves occupy the other two intersections. I think this is successful example of the rule of thirds. I really like the patterns in the photographs and the juxtaposition of wood and foliage.

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One Comment

  1. Great reflection! You can really tell that you put each of these tips to good practice. I like the lighting one where you show the difference when you use brighter light. It’s always best when you can see the comparison.
    I find that rule of thirds has worked best for me in the years that I had learned the tip. Keep practicing and it will come to you so easily! #talkingpolack106

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