New Photographer! Help!
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17-02-11, 12:27 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Hi Griffith and welcome.
I've looked through the pics you've posted and I think your basic technique is good, and you have a good feel for your subject.
If I was to be critical (and you did ask!) I would say that your tendency is to centralise your subject. There are times when this works, but more often you'll want to stick to the Rule of Thirds. This means imagining the frame to be divided into 3 equal parts vertically and horizontally (so you end up with 9 sections), then try to position your subject so that it lies on one of the 'lines' divinding the frame. Also, it's more appealing to the eye if your subject is not looking out of the picture, another danger with centralised subjects. So, if you're taking a picture of someone in the street try to get them on the 'third' and looking/walking into the rest of the picture. You don't say which camera you have, but many will have a feature to superimpose the 'Thirds' graticules n the viewfinder.
Finally, we all feel the way you do about pictures we post. When we take them we can see some potential; when we've finished 'tweeking' them on the computer we love them; but, by the time we get to post them we start seeing little flaws which annoy us, but aren't seen by anyone else. Don't worry about the little things, it's the big picture (excuse the pun) we want.
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