Apinya is the younger sister of a client I photographed when I started out in photography. I couldn’t have been more honored to have been chosen by the friends and loved ones of past clients!!!
Some of my favorite images:
This blog was originally written as part of a travel photography series, but has been reposted due to requests to learn more about composition.
In this post, basic rules of composition and how it can help you take better photos are demonstrated. Using personal photos the basic rules of photographic composition that are explained and shown.
The rules that will be covered are no means are by no means a strict set of laws that one should follow to the letter. It’s easily possible to break/mix/combine/ignore these laws in order to create a more striking composition. But you have to start somewhere, and you need to know the rules of good composition first before you break them.
The rules to be adressed here are:
1. The Rule Of thirds
2. Leading Lines
3. Negative Space
1. The Rule Of Thirds
-One of the most basic rules in photography, you basically take the frame that you see in your camera’s viewfinder and split into 1/3rds, and from there place your intended focal point on an intersection of the lines or on one of the lines themselves. So instead of always putting your subject front and center, try putting your horizon line below the center or your subject a little bit off center.
Examples of the Rule of Thirds:
In the last landscape photo, multiple parts of the rules of thirds are used. The horizon line was placed below the center of the image, and the focal point (the sun) was placed a little further to the right of center, in order to create a dramatic effect.
2. Lead-In Lines
-Lines created within a photo, whether they’re physically present in the photo (e.g. a road) or not, can create a compelling image, as they add more depth within and draw the viewer into the world of the photo:
3. Negative Space:
-Negative space is leaving extra space in an image to create dramatic effect. It works very well with a dramatic/blank sky or an interesting positive space such as an ocean:
-Sometimes with images when you place them in certain ways, geometric shapes and paths can be created. In the following landscape photo, a triangle was created with the top of the monument at the foreground, the bottom of the same monument and the fort in the background:
As a final test try and see what rules were used with this image:
The answer: All of them.
1. The Rule Of thirds: The road is on the bottom third of the image.
2. Leading Lines: The road is used as a leading line to force the viewer into looking deeper into the image and at the mountain.
3. Geometry: A triangle is created by using the treeline and mountain and having them collide in one point in the distance
4. Negative space: Emphasis is placed on the mountain more than the road by giving it more space in the image.
By and all means experiment and see what works with you – see what your vision is. There are other rules of composition that are out there, so experiment and see what works with you.
As it’s the start of a new year, many couples have not doubt gotten engaged and are in the process of looking for vendors. While it can be an overwhelming experience looking through, meeting with, and choosing your venders, the process doesn’t have to be the same when you look for a wedding photographer.
Having gone through the process of planning a wedding, and being a wedding photographer myself, I’ve put together a list of 4 tips for any prospective couple looking for a wedding photographer for their needs. With these tips you’ll find a photographer compatible with your style of wedding, your personality, and the whole process will be easier and more fullfilling!
1. Book early: Always try to book as far ahead as possible. There are two great reasons for this:
- Availability: Booking earlier ensures that your photographer will be available for your date. The more popular the photographer, the less likely they will be available for your date as time gets closer to your wedding day.
- Payments: You just found them – the photographer of your dreams! It’s 3 months before your wedding, and you message them asking for availability and a quote. The photographer gets back to them and now, combined with the requests of all the other vendors, the payments start to get overwhelming and too much….This situation occurs too often in my world. The prospective bride and groom didn’t get overwhelmed at the thought of the photographer’s costs cobining with the other vendors, so they cut the photographer out and focus more on other vendors.
Newsflash: After the food is eaten. The servers and staff at the reception have left the building.
the music and dj are done, and the flowers have wilted…whats left after the wedding?
Answer: Your photographer and your photographs.
Moral: The earlier you book, the more spread out your payments will be, and the easier you’ll be
able to handle request from other vendors.
2. Use Referrals/References:
Is there a photographer whose work you saw recently at your friend’s wedding? Ask your friend about them! Some photographers work on a referral system, giving discounts or freebies to past clients or new clients that have been referred from previous clients. If you have time (You should, you’re booking early right?), inquire and ask your photographer for references. Assuming they have enough experience, they should be more than willing to give you a list of clients they’ve worked with in the past
3. Read Reviews: If you’re doing your search for a wedding photographer online, search them out with reviews. You can normally do this by simpley entering their name followed by the word “reviews” in a search engine box. Different sites like Yelp, Wedding Bee, The Knot, among others will have many different places for past brides to give reviews of different vendors also.
4. Read Their Blogs: Some photographers have different viewpoints on this, but I personally feel that a photographer NEEDS to have a blog nowadays. There are two reasons for this also:
- Their personality: It shows clients whether or not the photographer is staying current with trends, what they’ve been up to, and also gives a view about the type of person their photographer is. Do they have a lot of work up? Do they not? Do they write a lot? If they show and write about photography, they may have the mind of a teacher, and just want to share their knowledge with others. What a photographer shows or doesn’t show on their blog gives you great insight into what kind of personality they are and if they may be THE photographer for you.
- Their Style: Is your photographer’s style compatible with you? Some photographers Like Jose Villa, focus on countryside, intimate Napa Valley weddings. Others like Ben Chrisman, focus on destination weddings and have a more modern, photojournalistic style. By looking at a photographer’s blog, you’ll just the style and specialty photography that your photographer works with and is most familiar with.
For people that have recently gotten engaged, the process of finding vendors to help facilitate your unique event can be overwhelming at the least. With these 4 tips coming from my own experience as a Wedding Photographer and as a past groom myself, your search for an amazing wedding photographer compatible with your needs and wants will be easier and more fullfilling
Question: Are there any other tips you would recommend to other future brides and grooms?