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Breaking the Rules: Ignoring the Rule of Thirds

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Breaking the Rules: Ignoring the Rule of Thirds

I’m not going to say, “Rules were meant to be broken”, because everyone already knows that. Besides, it’s such a cliché. So I’ll just say that in photography, the word “rule” doesn’t mean the same thing as at means, say, in politics. Not that it means anything there, either.

In photography, rules are like pirate code: they’re really more like guidelines. You can break them, but you need to have a good reason. So to help you along in that goal, I’d like to welcome you to my series on breaking photography rules, starting with the grand master of all photography rules, the rule of thirds.
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Single Point Focus

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Single Point Focus

Have you ever taken shots you are excited about only to find that they are blurry when you view them on your computer screen? It is so disappointing to realize that those 1st birthday shots are just not quite in focus. Nothing ruins a potentially great photo like blur. There are lots of things that you can do in post processing to improve your photos, but sadly making a blurry shot focused is not one of them! Focus is probably the single most important thing that you need to get right in camera. It is time to take steps toward taking tack sharp images.
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Cropping 101

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Cropping 101

Whether you have years of experience or are a newbie to digital photography, cropping is one of the most basic editing tools you can use to improve the look of your pictures. Ideally you will compose your picture with the subject where you want them, an appealing background, etc. Now try that while chasing your two-year-old around the yard trying to capture the perfect shot! Sometimes you are lucky to even get your subject in the frame, let alone have them ideally situated. Never fear, some simple cropping rules and techniques can greatly enhance the appeal of your edited image. I will give you a few simple suggestions for cropping your pictures – most of which can be done with even the most basic of photo editing software.
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The Photograph as Art

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The Photograph as Art

What’s the difference between art and a snapshot? The answer is not usually very obvious. Art is subjective, and sometimes we recognize it subconsciously rather than consciously.
How does a photo make you feel? Does it make you think about a concept or an idea? Is it technically beautiful, and if not, does it break those technical rules beautifully? Taking fine art photos requires a lot of skill, experimentation and careful thought – but it is a pursuit that can be very rewarding. In this article, I want to explore the difference between a photograph as documentation, and a photograph as art.
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Visual Design: Enhancing Your Photography With Patterns

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Visual Design: Enhancing Your Photography With Patterns

Nothing could be more appealing than repetition. You know, like when your coworker tells you the same joke 25 times or when your preschooler won’t stop making monkey noises. Yeah, I know. Neither one of those things is really all that appealing, but trust me when I say photography is different. Visual artists in general, in fact, recognize the value of pattern in creating a visually interesting composition. Remember pop-artist Andy Warhol’s repeating cans of soup? Love it or hate it, you still had to stop and look at it. (Or recreate it!) That’s the power of pattern.
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Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

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Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

Scenic photos are a part of almost every photographer’s repertoire. After all, almost no one with a camera can resist snapping a photo of crashing surf, sweeping fields of wildflowers or a towering, snow-covered mountain.

Landscape photos seem like they should be easy, yet the final images are often disappointing. How many times have you taken a photo of a stunningly beautiful place only to discover that the image you end up with is nothing short of underwhelming? Let’s fix that!
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Why Does the Rule of Thirds Work?

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Why Does the Rule of Thirds Work?

Rules. They started in school and seem to follow us through life. They’re made to give guidance. They’re made to keep peace in the valley. And, some would say they’re made to be broken.

If there’s one place rules are meant to be broken, it’s in anything creative. The catch is, if you’re going to break them, you have to know them in the first place. Photography’s Rule of Thirds is the perfect example of this. A lot of beginning photographers break this rule because they simply and innocently don’t know it exists. But, a seasoned photographer, one who knows better, not only abides by the rule, but knows best how to bend or break it.
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5 Simple Composition Tricks for a Fantastic Photo

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5 Simple Composition Tricks for a Fantastic Photo

What’s the difference between a snapshot and a photograph? If you’re like most people, your hard drive is full of pictures that mostly qualify as snapshots. These are photos taken randomly at family outings, vacations or other activities. They do a good job of chronicling an event, but they may not be the sort of thing you want to have enlarged and framed. So how do you transform your pictures from snapshots into frame-worthy photographs? Here are five simple things you can do to turn a mediocre photo into a great one.
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Using Contrast For Better Images

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Using Contrast For Better Images

What makes something special? Is it special on its own, or is it only special when compared to everything else around it? Contrast is what happens when you place two polar opposites right next to each other. It can be used to draw attention to an important element in your image. Contrast comes in a variety of forms, and in this article, we’re going to look at a few ways you can use contrast to create truly unique images.
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Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

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Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

How you frame your subject can make or break a photo. If you put your subject in a place that commands the viewers attention, you’ll immediately have an outstanding photo. This subtle technique is known to many as “composition,” and believe it or not, it has a few simple rules that will give you some stunning results. Try out these 5 unbelievably easy rules for framing your subject, and you’ll see what I mean.
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7 Ways To Make The Same Shot Different

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7 Ways To Make The Same Shot Different

Do you feel like you’ve gotten into a rut with your photography lately? It’s something we all go through. We like to take pictures a certain way, and we often fail to see all of the possibilities. The sad part is that there are so many different things you can do as a photographer. Try these out the next time you feel like you’re falling into the same old routine.
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When It’s Okay To Break The Rules Of Photography

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When It’s Okay To Break The Rules Of Photography

We’ve spent so much time talking about what you should and shouldn’t do in photography that we often forget that there is a time and a place to break the rules. You’ve heard about the rule of thirds before, but did you know that it’s okay to break it every once in awhile? Or what about the assumption that your subject always has to be in focus? Did you know you can create some pretty surreal effects by leaving your subject unfocused?

In this article, we’ll discuss some very useful rules in photography, why they’re important, and when it’s okay to break them. Sometimes you can get a better photo or a more interesting interpretation of a scene when you consciously decide to forego a few conventions. Give the following bits of advice a try and see what happens.
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How Lines, Shapes and Colors Impact The Impression Your Photo Makes

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How Lines, Shapes and Colors Impact The Impression Your Photo Makes

We’ve been on the topic of visual focal points and how they draw attention to your subject for the past few weeks. Now I want to introduce you to something that’s in the back of your mind. You probably don’t know why sharp lines and powerful shapes can create such an impact, but you’re about to take your natural visual sense to another level. I’ll show you how.
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How To Use Visual Focal Points To Enhance Your Photography

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How To Use Visual Focal Points To Enhance Your Photography

Visual focal points are everywhere in great photography and art. It’s impossible to produce outstanding images without them. The funny thing about visual focal points is that you don’t even know they are there. They simply tie everything together and make you say “WOW.” But if you’re going to take your photography to the next level, you will want to know how to spot them and create them in your own work. Are you ready to know how?
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When To Shoot In Portrait Or Landscape Mode

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When To Shoot In Portrait Or Landscape Mode

Photography is about choices. Whenever you go out for a shoot, you have to decide which lenses you want to bring with you, which angle is best, and what aperture gives the right depth of field for your subject. Another important choice is the one you make between portrait and landscape modes. It is a choice that has to do with the composition of the image, and as such, it is a choice that makes all the difference.
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