Photography 101…Composition

This week’s class focused primarily on composition and also touched on histograms and white balance.  Did you know that you can pre-set your white balance?  If you want to get photos with good exposure, you can take a pic of your subject holding a gray card and then set your white balance to that photo.  If you don’t have a gray card, you can also take a pic of someone wearing a white t-shirt.  If you don’t know how to set your white balance, simply go to your menu and choose white balance.  If you scroll through, you will see where you can pre-set it.  Choose that and then choose the photo to set the balance to.

a gray card
Talking about composition, here are some things to think about to take better photos.  I’m not going to go into detail but just list them and show some photos that display what I’m talking about.  If you are interested in reading more on each one, go here.
  •  Rule of Thirds
  • Balance…placing the main subject off-center can create a more interesting photo.
  • Leading Lines 
  • Symmetry and Patterns
  • View Point
  • Background
  • Depth
  • Framing
  • Cropping
  • Experiment

That’s it for this week.  I mentioned last week about an assignment.  Well, I skipped that assignment, because I missed Monday’s class so I jumped to the next assignment.  A park bench.  I only had one day and no car so I took a pic of an outside chair at my parent’s house.  It’s definitely not one of my finer pics, but I will still let you see it.

ISO 400, white balance : cloudy, aperture f/4.8, shutter 1/400

I honestly don’t know what I was trying to capture which was part of the problem.  My head was still in a tired fog from our trip and my creative juices were not flowing.  I’m excited about next week’s assignment and hope that between now and then the creativity starts flowing!

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