Tricks of the Trade

Week 1 Tips

This week we were required to have visuals for most of the required assignments. Throughout this time span I used many different websites such as, Aviary, BeFunky, Flickr, etc. All of these websites required these visuals. For each picture I tried to test the tips and tricks that were mentioned from the different sources given.

The first creative tip I acquired was the Rule of Thirds, found in The Essential Photography Effects You Really Need to Know article. In this article it describes the Rule of Thirds being a grid where the image is divided into 9 small squares (2 lines vertically and horizontally). Below there is an image of the grid.

An image that I used for one of my blogs had this type of technique. I didn’t necessarily think about this technique at the time the photo was taken. I think the only reason this photo turned out to be a Rule of Thirds is because I¬†wanted the background and the foreground to balance themselves out.

The second creative tip acquired was changing perspective. In this technique the subject of the photo is captured at an unusual angle, either from high above, or down below. In the Google Doc, How to Become Better Photographers individuals explain different ways to incorporate this technique. I tried this approach in the photo safari assignment. In the following two photos this method is displayed from below. The reason I chose to take both pictures from below is because I thought it gave the photo a different perspective than simply taking it normally. I enjoyed this approach because of how the image changes based on the angle. An image that is captured from above tells a different story than one captured from below.

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The third creative tip was located on How to Become A Better Photographer article. Serena made a suggestion on zooming and body movement. She suggested that for some particular photos it is better not to zoom and to use one’s body and move to the angle that best fits the subject. Below is a screenshot of her suggestion.An assignment where I used this tip was for the first Visual Assignment, Shady Shadows. When I was trying to achieve the perfect image of the shadow I kept zooming in because when I moved my body to capture the photo my shadow would interfer with the image. When I zoomed in I got the image I wanted, but the quality wasn’t as good. So I tried all these different positions with my arms and I moved on the opposite side of the subject until I achieved the photo I thought was good enough. I thought that this tip was beneficial, especially for this particular task that I was trying to accomplish. However, I do think that it depends on the picture because for some instances the zoom might be required.

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