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The 5 Rules of Photography

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Shashank Saravat

on 13 November 2009

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The 5 Rules of Photography My First Rule: Steady Camera It is very neccesary to take a photo with a steady camera. You can attach it to a tripod or stand firmly on the floor with legs apart. It is important to take photos with a steady camera because it increases the sharpness. To understand the importance of steady cameras, I have posted 2 photos, 1, a steady camera's photo, and the other, the opposite. My Second Rule: The Rule of Thirds The rule of thirds is very important. In your mind, divide the image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Now place the center of interest, the main part of your photo, covering 2 thirds of your screen. Also, if your photo's background has 2 different things in it, for example mountains and the ground, place one of them covering the upper or lower section of your screen. These photos are examples of the rule of thirds and you can also see the background placement in the first one. The wall is covering 1 of the horizontal sections. The first photo is a great example of the rule of thirds. As you can see, the pillow covers 2 of the horizontal sections, and the rose 2 of the vertical ones. Here is another great example. While the curtains are covering 2 of the horizontal sections, the book is covering 2 of the vertical ones. My Third Rule: Filling the Frame

Filling the Frame means to compose your photo in such a way that only your subject is visible in the screen. If they are doing something, be sure to include the action. For Example: if you are taking a photo of a boy scoring a goal don't only add his face, but also his legs and the ball. You can also add some of the background to share the emphasis with the main subject by following THE RULE OF THIRDS. Be sure not to cut off a bit of your subject (like the chin in this photo). My Fourth Rule: Framing

Framing is when you use objects in a picture, (this could include trees, branches, PEOPLE, parts of building, etc.)to frame your main subject. This makes your photo look more professional. This also causes people to look at the subject rather than distracting objects around it. This photo was taken from http://www.theoreticaldesigns.com/Fall_day/frame.jpg and is a great example of framing. There are absolutely no distracting things in the photo and the first thing you can see in this photo are the buildings. The framing branches are also really dark. My Final Rule: Point of View
"There is no law saying that all photos should be taken from eye level and straight on". (http://www.aea1.k12.ia.us/lois/pointofview.html)
Point of View is to take a photo from a different angle rather than straight on. This can help in removing distracting background objects, adding framing oppurtinities, and it allows your subject to be in a relaxed and natural pose, rather than stiff. It can also allow your subject to do an action (because they won't have to be looking at the camera and making a pose)while you take their photo from an angle. This photo was taken from http://www.aea1.k12.ia.us/lois/POV1.jpeg. It shows the natural pose of a player (instead of a non-moving, stiff player staring at the screen) and shows a great angle from high above. Thank You!!!!!!! This is how you should divide up your camera screens in these imaginary sections. While most people fill the frame with the face, like in the frog photo, you can also fill the frame with the whole body, like in the monkey photo. I like the second photo a lot, because it has a double frame, the computers framed by the speakers, and my reflection framed by the monitor screen. By: Shashank Saravat
Photography (Mr.Rob)
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