This past week we went over the basics of taking pictures with the VSCO camera — Exposure & Focus Points, and we started talking about making your pictures more interesting by playing with “angles” and keeping your pictures “simple”.
Those tips have to do with COMPOSITION.
What is “composition”?
Well just like in writing an essay or a musical piece — you are “composing” your picture. You are the one directing what will be in the picture. You are showing the viewer what you want them to see. While you usually take pictures of what you want to see or what you want others to see, HOW you fit the subject in the frame makes a big difference on how your picture looks and what will come across to the viewer.
Thoughts to think while shooting pictures:
– Do I like this? Does this make me happy or excited?
– You are the director — You are in control of what the camera sees — plan the shot, tell a story.
– If you were drawing this picture, what would you put in or leave out?
– Eliminate distractions — will anything be distracting to the viewer?
RULE OF THIRDS
What is the Rule of Thirds?
The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. This will make your photos more balanced and appealing to the eye. Your eyes are naturally drawn to these “points” in an image, so use the VSCO grid feature (we tried this in class), or you can try to imagine the grid and take pictures that way.
USE DIAGONAL LINES
USE LIGHT — LOOK FOR LIGHT or CREATE IT
HAVE FUN !!! Use your new composition skills to look at things differently. I took the picture below at my church while standing under some stairs. The stairs, the ceiling, and the ceramic installation on the right kind of looked like a collage to me. 🙂
1. Take lots of pictures.
2. Email me 3-5 of your best/favorite pictures
BY 5pm TUESDAY.
3. Download ClearCam app if you’d like ($0.99)
It give your pictures a higher resolution (view them bigger without getting so pixelated).
We will be reviewing composition and talk about how to edit your pictures. I will be showing you some awesome photographers and we will take pictures together and see how you’re composition skills have improved. 🙂
Here’s a link that explains some of the editing tools in VSCO cam: