Great Pictures, Simple Objects

Sydney Davis is a professional photographer who shares those three rules.


1.Look your subject in the eye.

Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a picture of someone or something, hold the camera at eye level. For children, that means stooping to their level. And your subject need not always stare at the camera. All by itself that eye level angle will create a personal and inviting feeling that pulls you into the picture.

2. Move in close

As a photographer, your goal is to fill the picture area with the subject you are photographing. Up close you can reveal telling details, such as texture. But don’t get too close or your pictures will be blurry. The closest focusing distance for most cameras is about three feet, or about one step away from your camera. If you get closer than the closest focusing distance of your camera (see your manual to be sure), your pictures will be blurry.

3.Obey the Rule of Thirds

When a picture is divided into thirds, horizontally and vertically, it is often most powerful if the focus of attention is in the intersection of two of the perpendicular lines. The composition is much more interesting when off centered. Lock your focus on your subject then slightly move the camera off to one side or another.

Photo shoots of inanimate objects will enhance your eye for design. The principles in photography and scrapbooking design are the same.


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