There are many different ways where the rules of composition can drastically change the look and feel of a photograph. These simple rules need to be learnt if you want to improve your photography and then you begin to break them! One of the simplest ways of improving your photography is called the ‘Rule of Thirds’ (RoT)
The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. As follows:
Looking through your camera viewfinder imagine the frame split up into imaginary thirds.
With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image.
The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it
The above subject in this photograph looks as if she is running out of space within the frame.
By simply re-framing the image we give more space to the subject which enhances the whole composition.
You can learn even more about ways to improve your photos composition on our digital photography workshops or by watching our composition video tutorial here
Red Cloud is still growing! Once more we’d like to welcome a new tutor to the photography team – Kent Harvey. Kent has a wealth of photography knowledge – having worked in photography for 32 years, he’s well equipped as our new tutor!
Kent started with an Advertising and Fashion photography degree in the early 80’s – Chemicals, Darkrooms, 10×8” plate camera’s and an ‘old school’ apprentice-ship. He has worked in the visual arts industry in one-way or another ever since. Kent has spent the last 5 years as a senior staff photographer for P&O Australia / Princess Cruises shooting editorial / PR travel material for them and for international stock libraries – lecturing on digital photography on board cruise ships – and in his spare time shoots a couple of thousand portraits a week!
Kent will be heading up our Bristol digital photography courses & also our new Cardiff courses.
Photography by Kent Harvey
Photography by Kent Harvey
Photography by Kent Harvey
What a beautiful sunny weekend we had in Manchester – summer at last at the end of July! Our 2 day digital photography course went very well – ran from the Chancellors Hotel in Manchester – surrounded by five acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, only 10 minutes from Manchester City Centre. Here’s just a taste of some of the photos from the day – of the group and by the group. Sarah Hobbs was the winner of photo of the day, a great photo of a grey goose neck, with fantastic detail in the feathers. Sarah will win a £10 gift voucher for her photo.
We had another brilliant course ran this weekend in London – a 2 day taught by Red Cloud tutor, Sam Rowelsky. I can safely say we were astounded in the office when photos taken by students on the course came through. The group got some excellent photos and they should all be really pleased with their results. Just take a look at their use of depth of field, brilliant composition and colour. The winner of ‘Photo of the Day’ was this fantastic shot of a ladybird by Heather Samuel - Heather will receive a £10 gift voucher!
Photo of the day.
Panning is a great technique to learn. The idea is that you pan/move your camera along in time with a moving subject while you stand still on the spot. The end result should be a sharp image of the moving subject but a blurred background. It’s a great technique and is often used for photographs of motor racing, but it can take a lot of work to get it spot on – so practice, practice, practice.
Here’s our top tips for achieving some great panning shots:
- Move your camera smoothly – use a mono-pod if you have one so you can move the camera smoothly and swiftly.
- Start by using a slightly slower speed than you usually would, as you’re moving the camera with the subject.
- Use auto focus or pre focus to keep the image sharp.
- Keep panning even after the shot to keep the movement fluid.
We talk more about panning on our 1 & 2 day beginners course – take a look at: www.redclouddays.co.uk for more info on these courses. In the meantime, here’s a few photos taken by participants on our 1 day digital photography course in London.
Last weekend we ran our 1 day digital photography course in London – our group began to learn photography skills from the word go and they got some great results. Just take a look at some the brilliant images they took after just a few hours with Red Cloud – this was on our one day course – just think what you could do on our 1 day photography workshop!
This weekend was our 2 day photography course ran in Leeds. The weekend went very well and we got some really great feedback off all the participants. Here are some of our participants practising hard.
We’d also like to say congratulations to Faith Appleby, for her great shot that won her ‘Photo of the Day’ Competition. – What a beautiful portrait shot, a £10 voucher is on its way to you Faith!
Our Portrait & Studio Photography course proved so popular in Nottingham, that we’ve launched the course in London too. We had a great day, everyone got so into the course – it ran over! The course was ran by studio photographer, Simon Bolton at Bill Burnett’s Farringdon Studio. We had the beautiful Toyin Ogundipe as our model for the day, we got some great shots.
Photos by: Simon Bolton