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The 3 Most Valuable Photography Tips

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* Derived from TEN: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involve Buying Gear

* 1) Create Depth: Look for ways to add dimension of visual depth in your 2 dimensional images- play with foreground, lines, use of wide angle lenses, use of dark backgrounds

oven knobs

I used a unique point of view to create a sense of depth in this photo. My aim was to have the foreground knob in focus and the background knobs more fuzzy.

* 2) Change My Perspective By Changing Yours: Find different and unique points of view. Look down, up, lay down on the ground. Seek perspectives of lines.

Money clip

 

3) Rule of Thirds – “The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.”

Valentines day strawberries

Setting up a grid on my iphone was a synch with this tutorial. Having a grid on my phone while I take pictures serves as a constant reminder of the rule of thirds.

With the grid applied, the picture looks like this. In order to keep to the guidelines of the rule of thirds, I tried to have important elements of the photo in each grid.

Grid

 

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