COMPOSITION

Framing

Framing subjects are popular and very useful. It draws the viewers eye into the image. You can do this by framing the subject with tree branches, window opening, car door, etc. Make sure the object that is framing your subject has relevance - otherwise it will detract from the image. Also, make sure it doesn’t overpower in colour or shape and hence competes for the viewers attention.

Photographing through a chair makes a standard portrait more interesting. Graphics - keep an eye out for them.

Photographing through a chair makes a standard portrait more interesting. Graphics - keep an eye out for them.

Panning


Used to keep a moving component of your image sharp while blurring the background. This gives the impression of movement and speed. It is a tricky thing to get right and may require a lot of photos to be taken. You will need to experiment with shutter speeds, depending on how fast your subject is moving, but start at 1/30 or 1/15 if you can. Follow the subject with your camera, pressing the shutter as you do. 

Shutter speed


A low shutter speed can suggest movement, action and activity. Popping your camera on a tripod is the best set up. Then you can have people or things move through your cameras viewpoint causing blur while everything else (that is not moving) renders sharp. 

"Ok, so there are people here. It's not deserted. Phew. We can go there."

"Ok, so there are people here. It's not deserted. Phew. We can go there."

From the air


Get rid of the glass/window if you can otherwise press your lens up as close as possible to the centre of the window
Get in front of the wing to avoid vapour from the engines causing blur
Clean the window
Keep shutter speeds high
Use a standard lens of 35-70mm



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