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    First camera crash course: simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

    | Photography Tips | 25/06/2013 00:01am
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    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: Using the Rule of Thirds

    Try to avoid simply placing your subject slap-bang in the middle of your frame. By placing the focal point of your scene off-centre, along imaginary lines roughly one-third and two-thirds into the frame, you’ll create a much more balanced and pleasing composition.

    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: Using the Rule of Thirds

    Too central

    • Placing horizons in the middle of your frame will create an unbalanced and boring image
    • As it stands, the sky and sea have equal weighting in the shot

     

    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: achieve better balance

    Better balance

    • By moving the horizon down so it is not  dead centre creates a more dynamic composition
    • Don’t be afraid to include more sky than land (or water) in your shot – particularly if the sky looks colourful

    Final tip
    Every keen amateur should own a decent tripod as it lets you have more control over depth of field and shutter speed, and will help ensure consistent results.

    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 1: Aperture explained
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 3: How shutter speeds work
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 4: Fast vs Slow shutter speeds
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 5: How to focus and stay sharp
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 6: Choosing your AF points
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 7: How to get your subjects sharp
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 8: Avoid the common composition mistakes
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: Using the Rule of Thirds
    First Camera Crash Course Lesson 10: Anatomy of your viewfinder

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    Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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