+
1. Fill your
frame
Ask yourself: “Would this look better if I were closer?”
-Start further away and move closer to your ...
+

Don’t be afraid to get close
-If you’re not slightly uncomfortable and feeling like you
are invading your subject’s per...
+
2. Look for
clean
backgrounds
Be aware of the environment around your subject
-You can adjust your angles and your persp...
+
Adjust your focus to
erase a distracting
background
-Changing the settings on your
camera can help you blur out things
b...
+
3. Find
good light

Good light can create depth, shape, perspective
and texture in photos
-The right lighting can make j...
+
You can use natural
light to highlight your
subject
-Once you start noticing how the light
can impact your pictures, you...
+
4. KISS
(Keep It
Simple, Stupid)
Your photos don’t have to be amazing action shots or high
definition macro images to be...
+
5. Use the
Rule of
Thirds
You focal point should not be in the exact center of your
picture
-Photos are divided into thi...
+
+
6. Find
Frames

Being aware of your environment can help you find
natural frames for your pictures
-Schools are filled w...
+

Frames add dimension
to your photo
-Framing your subject with natural
elements of the environment help
you tell your st...
+
7. Achieve
Balance
Color, size, symmetry and focus can impact the balance in
photos
-Pictures don’t have to be perfectly...
+
8. Use
Lines &
Shapes
Geometry is your friend! Lines, shapes, curves and
angles can all make your photos more interestin...
+
Lines do many things in
photos
-Create shapes
-Create patterns
-Create depth
-Create moods/feelings
-Guide the eye
+
9. Avoid
Mergers

Mergers occur when elements from the environment, the
cropping of the photo or the balance of color de...
+

Mergers are bad and look
awkward!
Notice the tree growing out of his head?

Cropping body parts/portions of people=bad
+
How do you avoid mergers?
-Never crop a person at their joins; instead, crop mid-limb if
you cannot get all of them in t...
+ 10. Look
for
patterns
and
repetition
Not every photo will have these things, but when they do
the level of interest is a...
+

Patterns and colors don’t have to
repeat perfectly to be interesting
+

Disruption in Repetition
A break in expected repetition can also be visually
interesting
Recap: Guidelines for Photography
1. Fill your frame
2. 2. Look for clean backgrounds
3. 3. Find good light
4. 4. KISS
5. ...
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Photography Basics

  1. 1. + 1. Fill your frame Ask yourself: “Would this look better if I were closer?” -Start further away and move closer to your subject -Fill your frame with elements that “fit”
  2. 2. + Don’t be afraid to get close -If you’re not slightly uncomfortable and feeling like you are invading your subject’s personal space, you’re probably not close enough.
  3. 3. + 2. Look for clean backgrounds Be aware of the environment around your subject -You can adjust your angles and your perspective to eliminate or include details from your photos -Don’t be afraid to move around and take lots of pictures to get the kind of background that you want -You can’t –always– control your background, but you can do things to keep it from being distracting
  4. 4. + Adjust your focus to erase a distracting background -Changing the settings on your camera can help you blur out things behind or in front of your subject that could distract your viewer
  5. 5. + 3. Find good light Good light can create depth, shape, perspective and texture in photos -The right lighting can make just about anyone look good -Bad lighting can just as easily make very attractive things… not so attractive -Be aware of your light and what it is doing to your subject
  6. 6. + You can use natural light to highlight your subject -Once you start noticing how the light can impact your pictures, you will start to notice it everywhere -Natural light is the most flattering light -The worst light is what we deal with everyday—the kinds of lights that are in buildings and classrooms -In most cases, the FLASH is NOT YOUR FRIEND. The camera flash unnaturally illuminates your focal point and can make people look pasty, diseased, etc. If at all possible, shoot without a flash!
  7. 7. + 4. KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Your photos don’t have to be amazing action shots or high definition macro images to be interesting -You don’t have to have a $900 lens to be able to take gorgeous, interesting and creative photos -Simple things can tell amazing stories -Don’t complicate your pictures by trying to do too much
  8. 8. + 5. Use the Rule of Thirds You focal point should not be in the exact center of your picture -Photos are divided into thirds, both horizontal and vertically -The most interesting composition places the subject in the cross sections of the thirds
  9. 9. +
  10. 10. + 6. Find Frames Being aware of your environment can help you find natural frames for your pictures -Schools are filled with frames—windows, doors, lockers, the arch of a tree branch, etc. -Absorb your surroundings and take note of how simple things can lend frames to your subjects
  11. 11. + Frames add dimension to your photo -Framing your subject with natural elements of the environment help you tell your story -In portraits, you can use props to help frame your subject -Framing can add details to your story and help you convey your message
  12. 12. + 7. Achieve Balance Color, size, symmetry and focus can impact the balance in photos -Pictures don’t have to be perfectly symmetrical, but if they are wildly out of balance it confuses the viewer and the picture is not as effective
  13. 13. + 8. Use Lines & Shapes Geometry is your friend! Lines, shapes, curves and angles can all make your photos more interesting -An interesting shape or line in a photo will help your viewer know where to look -Shapes and lines can add impact and dimension to your pictures
  14. 14. + Lines do many things in photos -Create shapes -Create patterns -Create depth -Create moods/feelings -Guide the eye
  15. 15. + 9. Avoid Mergers Mergers occur when elements from the environment, the cropping of the photo or the balance of color detracts from the impact of the photo -The best way to avoid mergers is to be very observant about what is going on in and around your subject in a photo
  16. 16. + Mergers are bad and look awkward! Notice the tree growing out of his head? Cropping body parts/portions of people=bad
  17. 17. + How do you avoid mergers? -Never crop a person at their joins; instead, crop mid-limb if you cannot get all of them in the picture -Whenever possible, always include entire bodies -Watch your background for things that may sprout out of people’s heads -Don’t shoot with poor color balance; look for contrasting colors
  18. 18. + 10. Look for patterns and repetition Not every photo will have these things, but when they do the level of interest is amplified -Colors, shapes, actions, expressions, etc. can all offer pattern and repetition in photos
  19. 19. + Patterns and colors don’t have to repeat perfectly to be interesting
  20. 20. + Disruption in Repetition A break in expected repetition can also be visually interesting
  21. 21. Recap: Guidelines for Photography 1. Fill your frame 2. 2. Look for clean backgrounds 3. 3. Find good light 4. 4. KISS 5. 5. Use the Rule of Thirds + 6. 6. Find frames 7. 7. Achieve Balance 8. 8. Use lines & shapes 9. 9. Avoid mergers 10.10. Find repeating patterns and colors 1. Once you master these guidelines, you can start breaking them!
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