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Photography Composition :: Tips and Tricks

Mar 28, 2012

There's more to taking a good photo than simply pointing and shooting. We've got the photography basics that will turn your snapshots into works of art!

Think About Your Focal Point

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in a great view or a funny moment, but try to take a second to think about what the actual focal point of your picture is. Don't just wildly point and shoot.

Change Your Point of View

Whether you're taking a picture of your dog, cat, or baby sister, get down on their level to do it. Don't be afraid to sit down - or even lay down - to get a clearer shot.

Vertical or Horizontal?

Don't forget that you can either take a photo vertically or horizontally (also know as portrait or landscape). Take a second to consider what will look best for the subject you're trying to photograph. The Eiffel Tower, for example, might look best vertically while a picture of your cabin at summer camp could look its best horizontally. Don't be afraid to turn the camera!

Keep an Eye on Your Background

In general, it's best to avoid cluttered or busy backgrounds for your subject. Also, keep an eye out for signs, poles or anything else that could look like they're "poking out" from behind your subject.

Use "Fill Flash"

Your flash isn't just for use indoors or at night. To brighten shadowed faces when the sun is overhead or to stand the subject apart from the background on cloudy days, use your flash! Give it a try. It's a handy trick.

The Rule of Thirds

The subject of your pic doesn't always need to go in the middle. To use this composition rule, imagine there are tic-tac-toe lines on your viewfinder. Place your subject at one of the intersections of the lines and take the picture. Proponents of this technique think it makes a picture more interesting. Give it a shot and see if you agree!

Look Out for Shadows

Keep and eye on where the shadows are in your picture. If a shadow falls across your subject's face, for example, reposition yourself to get better light.

Be a Little Bossy

Don't be shy to ask people (politely) to move closer together, smile, or change their position to get the shot you like the best!

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As you know, or maybe you don’t. The word ‘Mother’ is a very strong word, and in this article I am going to show you how strong the word is. So, what’re you waiting for? Let’s start. It is strong word for us, because why not? A mother is who takes care of us, who wakes us up for school and helps us out with our main problems. We’re always rude with our mother, but did we notice? They work hard for us, and yet we still act rude. We’re sometimes angry with her, but did we notice? She stays up all night thinking about us, so all we need is a mother who takes care of us, feeds us and of course she is always there to support us. I’m lucky to have a mother, because she is the best. That’s the word I would always recommend for a mother. Few days ago, I had a fight with my mother and she got very angry, and started ignoring me. She told me that I can use everything without her permission or even do things without her permission. I was like, I am free! I continued to do things without her permission, It felt really good. But, after that I began to feel lonely and I used to miss how she used to scream at me. I used to cry every night thinking about her, she never talked to me, even a bit. I knew the word ‘sorry’ wasn’t enough, I knew I had to do something good. So, I thought of writing her a letter of how sorry I was. But, I never wrote it because I knew that words do not have emotion. I stepped near her, said ‘sorry’. It was a emotional break down for me, I cried a lot, I missed her a lot. I regretted for the things I did to hurt her. I was like, that’s a terrible way to repay her, I was expecting her to forgive me and SHE REALLY DID! I was so happy, I broke down in happiness just thinking about her. The only thing I’d recommend is that, just don’t hurt your mother the way I did, because that is the most terrible I ever did in my entire life. The reason I hurt her with? Oh, well, I was not listening to her. She was screaming, still I was not listening to her, isn’t that terrible? She works the entire night, and that’s how I repay her? Even if she forgave me, I’ll still regret it my entire life. Thank you for reading my story, the last thing I would like to say is that never hurt your mother because she is the most important thing in your whole life. –END–
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