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The basics of photography

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Basic Photo Skills for Student Publications

Basic Photo Skills for Student Publications

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  • 1. The Basics of Photography
  • 2. Rule of Thirds • The rule of thirds is a compositional rule that states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally- spaced horizontal lines and two equally- spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.
  • 3. Depth of Field • The depth of field is the portion of a scene that appears acceptably sharp in the image
  • 4. Patterns • Filling your pictures with a repetitive pattern can give the impression of size and large numbers. The human eye is naturally drawn to repetition.
  • 5. Leading Lines • Leading lines are lines within an image that leads the eye to another point in the image. Using leading lines strengthens your image.
  • 6. Show Relationships • Everyone loves the action photos, but people also want to see the REACTION and INTERACTION.
  • 7. Using Zoom • Use the zoom on your camera to capture not only the action, but facial expression and emotion.
  • 8. Get Action • When you’re looking through a yearbook and see the sports pages, what are you looking for? You’re looking for the soccer players playing soccer, or the football players playing football. Get up close and don’t be afraid to get down on your knees to capture the action.
  • 9. Unique Angles • Most of the strongest photos taken by photographers are strong because they are taken from an angle that everyone can’t see. Get angles that are different and not seen everyday by fans.
  • 10. Coverage • To fully cover an event or game, you need to cover not only the game, but BEFORE and AFTER. Some of the strongest pictures are taken of players after the game praying, etc.
  • 11. Go Beyond Action • Reaction • Interaction

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