I call this "Second day of Spring Break and bored already!" (ha ha)
I took this shot of Trevor and his friend on Tuesday at the pond. Don't they look bored silly? It's just a candid shot but it is a good example about composition and how I've changed my shooting habits.
The night we studied composition, I wrote 4 pages of notes. Great great stuff but there is no way I will memorize and implement it all right now. So I've been focusing on just two or three for now, practicing them, and getting proficient at them. Then I'll add another 2 or 3.
Here is just one of many things I learned in Fundamentals I, it's something simple, and it can help anyone get a little better. It's called The Rule Of Thirds.
No, not like THAT.....ewwwww. (Although What The Duck rules!)
It's a generally known photography principle....I just didn't generally know it before the class;) Before taking the course, I would have taken something more like this:
The subject center frame and the bridge centered vertically. Not bad. A bit boring maybe.
But if you will divide your viewfinder or LCD display into thirds like this:The four points where lines intersect is where you generally want to have your "center of interest". Tom called them "power points".
Vertical subjects (buildings, towers, trees, standing people, etc) should ideally line up with a vertical third mark, like DJ and his reflection in the water in this picture.
Horizontal subjects (horizons, horizontal lines, etc) should be lined up with a horizontal third like the bridge in this picture.
Do you have to do this every time? No. There are all kinds of exceptions that I haven't learned yet. I'm just a beginner, like most people who read this little blog. So try this the next time you are taking shots. It'll take some practice to get it right, but I think you'll find your candid shots looking a little more "photograph" than "snapshot".
Footnote: For those of you worried I might go off the deep end after my camera broke last night and had to get shipped off for repair, don't worry. I'll make do with my old point and shoot for a few weeks. This was just after tonight's sunset shot with a Kodak P850 in manual mode set at f-3.6, 1/640, iso-100.