Using Photography Principles to Your Benefit

Digital photography is growing more and more popular in todays world. Many beginners find themselves frustrated over poorly shot photos. Three things to keep in mind are: Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, and Depth of Field.

My good friend Whitley is a professional photographer and did a boho kind of themed wedding. I used her photos from this wedding to show my examples of the three tips.

I feel like Whitley really captured these elements in all of her photographs. I suggest checking out the rest of the wedding pictures to get an idea of how well she utilized these three key components; just click on the link below any of the pictures.


Rule of Thirds

In these pictures the rule of thirds might not seem so apparent as it is in other pictures you may see on the internet. But as you can see in the left picture the two people are perfectly on the vertical lines of the grid. Their heads are about on the crosses of the two lines too. In the picture on the right the man is directly on the vertical line and the car is more in the right of the picture rather then in the center of the picture.

I copied the Rule of Thirds from Whitley’s photograph above by putting the subject more to the right of the photograph rather then the center. Something I notice now is that I should have lowered the camera a little to have her head directly on the cross of the lines.


Leading Lines

Whitley easily snapped a shot of the whole scene before the ceremony. Sometimes photographers or people viewing the photograph won’t notice the element right away. The leading lines in this picture are subtle and really ties the whole picture together.

I tried to copy Whitley’s picture by only using Leading Lines subtly. It was just a picture of my feet I captured and the hammock had nice leading lines in the side. You could even say that it has a little bit of Depth of Field on the sides of the hammock leading out. Sometimes using the elements isn’t as hard as people think. You can do it without even knowing it.


Depth of Field

Whitley was capturing the art of the decoration at this wedding and managed to use Depth of Field to her advantage. Depth of Field can easily help bring focus to something in the picture and adds perspective on a picture. In the right picture the reserved sign is clearly the focus of the picture, but the blurry background can still give context as to that it is at a wedding.

For this picture I physically got close to the subject which helps add depth of field. On my camera I have options to change the depth of field, which can be done easily. Usually depth of field is hard to achieve without a DSLR camera, but a lot of phones today are gaining the option to change the aperture.


Better Photos

If you stay conscious about where you aim the camera, what you are going for, and what the subject is; then you can gain so much more out of each photo you snap. Whether you are taking a picture with a phone or taking professional shots, using these three elements in your pictures can change the quality by a lot!


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