How to Take Great Pictures – The Art of Seeing

Welcome back…

This post represents the first part of the presentation which was prepared for elementary students over remote learning:

The focus here is to utilize simple compositional elements when framing photographs with the goal of seeing different. The repetition of practice will train the eye in the art of seeing like a photographer.

All material and photographs are copyrighted by the author (c) Martina Landolt

There are several types of cameras used to capture images, this presentation focuses on the creative compositions that can be captured using any D/SLR, point and shoot, mirrorless, digital, 35mm or handheld camera, along with a smart phone, tablet, etc.
By discussing the definition of photography we can understand what we are actually trying to accomplish by taking better pictures.
To begin your photographic journey it’s easy to remember the 3 S’s. Start with a subject in mind, imagine what story you want to convey and where that scene will take place, such as outside or inside, day or night.
Below you will see one composition idea per slide with examples from my photography database.
When you frame the subject, think of changing your vantage point so that an element surrounds the subject like a frame. Taking a photograph with a frame around it looks more interesting and adds dimension the image. The buildings in these two examples would look different if the foreground trees were not captured in these photos. As you begin to isolate your subject in a viewfinder you are choosing what to show and what not to show.

As you begin to look through your viewfinder to capture your images in the rectangular space, you are choosing what to show and what not to show. These compositional ideas will help you think about your photograph before you click the shutter. Over time, they will become second nature and you will be training your eyes to see different. Single composition “rules” can be used to achieve an outcome or several can be combined together.

Start with focusing on one compositional element at a time for practice.

This presentation will be continued with additional ideas.

Happy Shooting!

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