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Ten Guides to Photography

This is a brief overview of key concepts and strategies to strengthen one's photographic ability.
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Kyle Neuenschwander

on 1 November 2013

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Transcript of Ten Guides to Photography

Good photography includes a story that you wish to tell.
A Picture is worth a Thousand words
Try to begin by narrowing the subject of your photo down to one word or phrase, such as:
Peace
Security
Ten Guides to Photography
The aperture is the mechanical equivalent to the Human iris, opening and closing to let more or less light in.
Aperture Size
In a darker setting, the aperture must open wider in order to get a picture with enough light.
In a brighter setting, the aperture must close tighter, or the image will appear, “Washed out”
Focal Length
The zoom of a photo helps to add an emotional attachment to the subject.
The zoom of a photo is important to help focus attention on the subject.
Tranquility
The function of the shutter speed is the same as the aperture; to control how much light enters the camera.
Shutter Speed
However, instead of opening and closing the iris, it determines how long the camera collects light.
In using time to control light, there is the chance of motion blur. This can be good or bad.
Composing your picture with subdivisions into thirds often results in an image more pleasing to to the eye.
The Rule of Thirds

Try putting your subject into only one third, and on one of the intersections of a tic-tac-toe board.
This is the part of the photo that is in focus, and sharp. A narrow depth of field means that only a little is in focus, while a wide depth of field means more is in focus.
Depth of Field
Important Note:
Make sure that your focus is on the subject you want.
Leading lines are lines in the photo that bring the eye to your subject.
Leading Lines
When taking a picture of very large or very small subjects, you need to show perspective. .
Scale of Subjects
The viewer needs to have a reference for the size of the subjects you are portraying.
Avoid flash if at all possible. It is bluish and unnatural. If you have to use it to take a picture quickly, bounce it off the ceiling, find a way to diffuse the light.
Flash. Avoid it like the plague.
Flash can make most anything look weird.
The more pictures you take, the more good ones you get.
Take LOTS of pictures
Only about one photo out of every 50-100 you take will turn out great.
The picture above took about fifteen minutes to get right.
I took somewhere around 668 photos at a friend's Eagle Scout project, less than 35 of which were used in his eagle scout scrapbook.
Taking photos is a lot faster than painting a masterpiece, but it is not effortless.
Remember that Photography is Art
Good photography requires control of factors and an interest in the subject.
If a photo does not look the way you want it to, don't be discouraged. Just keep learning and improving.
The focal length is basically the zoom on the camera.
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