Category Archives: Lessons

Probably the simplest rule used in composition is the rule of thirds. The word rule is not strictly helpful of course since it isn’t a rule, but more of a “guideline”.  “Guideline of thirds” isn’t as snappy a name though so we’ll stick with the “rule” of thirds. Essentially it has been observed that when…

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  • Excellent tutorial Matthew – nice and clear.

In the last “little lesson” I looked at how important it was to have a clear subject that you expected the viewer to be drawn to. If there are too many competing subjects, then the viewer finds it confusing. Another related aspect of composition is that the subject shouldn’t be surrounded by distracting elements. Let…

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The last time I posted a “little lesson” we looked at controlling the focus so that your camera didn’t make incorrect decisions about what the subject is in your picture. So now all your photos are sharp where you need them to be sharp, you’re half way to having control. The only other challenge is…

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Compact cameras are generally fairly powerful tools these days. Like all tools, getting the best out of them requires you to know how to use them. I’m not talking about deep photographic expertise here, but just a little knowledge that will go a long way to improving your pictures. I had a great conversation with…

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Looking towards your eventual aspirations as a photographer is essential when you are choosing your camera. Essentially there are 3 levels of aspiration even though the boundaries are a little blurred between them. They are: Level 1: Point and Shooter: Level 2: Enthusiast: Level 3: Expert or Professional Each different level of photographer expects different…

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