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Photography rules


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This ppt is for amateur photographers. This is just 10 tips to help when going out to take photographs.

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Photography rules

  1. 1. Lindsey Trafford
  2. 2. • Reason for the Rule: as a photographer you need to place the most important part of the picture around the two vertical and horizontal lines in your frame.• Method used to teach Rule: to teach this I would pull different pictures and let the students draw the lines to see if the focus of the picture is in the correct frame. I will have good and bad examples for them to compare and contrast.
  3. 3. • Reason for the Rule: If you are wanting to take a picture with a subject that is off center, you must make sure that you balance the shot by including another object that is less important.• Method used to teach Rule: I would have the students try out taking a picture that is balanced and one that is not to see for themselves which one looks right.
  4. 4. • Reason for the Rule: because our eyes are naturally drawn to lines in a picture, a photographer must be conscience of this.• Method used to teach Rule: I would have my students find different types of lines to take pictures of like zigzag, straight, curvy, etc. to compare and contrast how we view the picture.
  5. 5. • Reason for the Rule: symmetry can be used to create tension and focus in a photo. It is always eye catching for the viewer because patterns and symmetry are so prevalent in nature.• Method used to teach Rule: I would have the students find the symmetry in nature and photograph it first, then I would have them create situations with symmetry and patterns to display their understanding.
  6. 6. • Reason for the Rule: you must considerwhat you want your photo to convey.Decide what will be the most appropriatefor your audience.• Method used to teach Rule:I will have them compare and contrastthe same picture from different viewpointsand discuss which is most appropriate.
  7. 7. • Reason for the Rule: use a plain or obtrusive background to make sure the focus of your picture is distinguishable by the camera.• Method used to teach Rule: use different backgrounds with the same test subject like black backgrounds and also very busy backgrounds so the students can figure out how to use it.
  8. 8. • Reason for the Rule: a photograph must convey depth that is actually real in the scene.• Method used to teach Rule: I would use different techniques to show the students that the human eye can perceive depth in a photo so it is important to remember that.
  9. 9. • Reason for the Rule: objects make perfect natural frames, such as trees, archways and holes. Placing these around the edge of the focus of your shot will help to isolate the main subject from the outside world.• Method used to teach Rule: Again I would use comparison and contrasting to teach this. The students need to see what different subjects look like with a natural frame and without.
  10. 10. • Reason for the Rule: cropping a picture is important to make sure that the main focus of your photo is seen rather than the surroundings that are unimportant.• Method used to teach Rule: I would let the students do cropping exercises on an array of pictures to see the advantages of this rule.
  11. 11. • Reason for the Rule: close-ups can tell a story about a whole world that may not be seen in the bigger picture. Close-ups show emotion and detail that is important for the viewer to experience.• Method used to teach Rule: I would have the students experiment in nature and indoors to find interesting close- up shots that could tell an interesting story.