10 February 2014

The Heart of a Photograph

We had our first meeting of the U3A Camera Club for the year and Diane presented the topic THE HEART OF A PHOTOGRAPH. They say, 'A picture is worth a thousand Words'.

A well attended meeting, we had 35 members there
Diane explained the 'Rule of Thirds' for the benefit of the new members who have joined us this year. Most cameras these days have a function to display that on the screen.

One of the main Rules - Rule Of Thirds used by photographers

Basically what that means is don't place people, objects in the centre of a photograph, but move it onto one of the Third lines.

Use Rule of Thirds

Place especially eyes on the point of Thirds

Use colour to highlight focal point

Use framing to highlight focal point

Use framing and/or lines in your photographs.

Or just lines

Get pictures to tell a story, make the viewer work out what you are trying co convey

Tell a story

Evoke emotion in your photograph
The difference between an ordinary photograph and a picture that tells a story. The following picture shows a train stopped at a country railway station in New South Wales. Basically an ordinary photograph.

Just a train at a railway station
Now add some people and suddenly the picture tells a story and evokes emotion. Here is a family saying good bye to their son, brother, nephew who is off to the city, who knows how long for.

Suddenly we have a story of a family saying good-bye
Show interaction between people in your photographs, sometimes other people are not even shown but the picture shows that they are indeed there. This shot was taken at O'Reillys Mountain Retreat and shows a Swedish girl feeding birds outside the Reception. The girls is communicating with her mother who is also feeding a bird. That's the mother's arm in the shot.
Swedish tourist with an Australian Bower Bird talking to her mother
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  1. You got some very fine examples here!
    Love the beach image, with the seagull sitting there, like a faint echo of the sails further out at sea.
    And I am jealous of being able to wear summer clothes. ;-)

  2. An excellent set of illustrative photos. It's funny but many of those rules are just logged into my brain now and I forget them. Reading them brought back my Dad's words to me (he was a keen photographer all his life and started me off at the age or around 6) as he told me many of those guidelines.

  3. I've read about the grid lines before and promptly forgotten. I do have them switched on now so that my photos are straight, but that assumes I put my glasses on. I must position subjects better.


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