What separates the amateurs from the professionals? It has to be the equipment, right?
This is not the case. It is how one uses equipment that sets them apart from the rest. Off course, no one is going to ask you to make a professional photo session, if all you have is a cheap disposable camera, but nevertheless, it is important to know that photography has plenty of science to it.
The most basic of principles for photography is called the rule of thirds. It is the quintessential rule that all budding photographers need to know. The rule of thirds is an imaginary grid that overlays the screen of the camera. Now, imagine lines that break up the screen into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. With this, you get nine equal parts. It is divided up like a tic-tac-toe game.
This grid gives the photographer the most important part of the photo. The four points in the middle where the lines intersect are where the human eye naturally goes when first looking at a photograph. It is of best interest to place points of interest within these intersecting areas. You then use the lines to guide the eye across the image. Continue reading “How to Frame A Shot” »