Notes on learning photography (Part 1)

Digital cameras versus traditional film cameras

The good thing about digital cameras, compared to traditional film cameras, is that digital cameras enable us to see the result on the LCD screen instantly, as we need not have to wait for the films to be developed into photos. Besides, we can always delete a photo if it doesn’t turn out according to what we want and we can take another shot. So it makes photography easy, fun and interesting.

Macros and perspectives

We can add variety to our photos by alternating between taking macro or close-up shots of objects such as coins and flowers, and taking wide-angle landscape shots of the scenery of a city or nature park. We can also add perspective by varying the angle of our shot to emphasise the nearby object in the foreground to add a dramatic effect. For example, the first photo in this website shows the railings on the road in the foreground, with the bus and buildings in the background. This angle gives an interesting 3D perspective to the photo, as if to emphasise on the pattern on the road to the viewers.  These are some of the photography tips I learn along the way through reading photography books and websites, and I’m glad to share them with you.

“One-third” rule in photography

Here’s sharing some websites on a photography tip – the “one-third” rule in photography. I’m learning and reinforcing what I have learnt even as I share these information with you.

According to this website

“The Rule of Thirds is based on the fact that the human eye is naturally drawn to a point about two-thirds up a page.”

When I first started taking photos with a traditional film camera before I bought the digital camera in 2001, I didn’t know about these photography tips. So there were times I took pictures of landscapes and the photos that turned out showed a lot of empty sky and not much detail on the land. I’ve been learning since to compose my shots to include more of the land, as demonstrated in the first photo of the above website. Another alternative is to focus on two-thirds of the sky, if there are interesting clouds patterns, and one-third of the land, as demonstrated in the third photo of the above website.

Below are two more websites that explain the one-third rule, and how to break this rule where necessary – as the saying goes, rules are meant to be broken, and in photography, there are no hard and fast rules – only general guidelines that may work well in certain situations, and we can exercise our creativity where possible to compose unconventional pictures.

The above two websites also allow us to subscribe to their free newsletters for more photography tips – I have just subscribed to them, and you may want to consider subscribing too.

Photo sharing websites

On another note, I also discovered that the free online photo editor allows us to save our edited images in I find it convenient as I have set up a Flickr account recently, and I have stored one of my photos that I edited on this online editor just now.

So you may want to consider creating a free Flickr account to store your photos in future. Another alternative is to start a photo blog (with WordPress, for example) in future.



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