A Brief View Of Photographic Composition

What's the secret to great compositions in images? It starts with knowing the 'rules', sticking to the major ones, and then throwing them out in favor of your own style! 

I came across the video the other day and thought it may be helpful for those of you just getting started with photography. The images it uses to demonstrate the principles are nothing too special within themselves, but I do think he gives a few good pointers that can help everyone. 

What's the secret to great compositions in images? It starts with knowing the 'rules', sticking to the major ones, and then throwing them out in favor of your own style! 

A few of the major takeaways from this video are:

-What's your intended Point of Interest? If you don't, how can your viewers?

-Keep in mind the 'Rule of Thirds', but don't treat it as gospel. 

-Framing generally helps direct the eye where you want it, and can come in a nearly endless variety of flavors and techniques. 

-Keep an eye on the Eye Line of your subjects. 

-'The Eyes Have It' Focus on the eyes is perhaps one of the 'unbreakable' rules of photography.

-Every Element in an image should be there because you want it there

-Busy or distracting backgrounds will kill your images every time. 

-Bright colors and overexposed areas draw the eye directly in, whether that's where you want them to be or not. 

-Lead the viewer's eye into your images

-Leave room for the subject to move or 'be', without feeling too boxed in. 

-Our eyes and cameras see things differently. Learn how and why and use it to your advantage. 

-Great photographs not only record what you saw, but communicate it to others, without needing words or language. 

Video: Library Organization in Lightroom

Lightroom is not only a powerful image editing platform, but can and/or should also serve as your digital image and video library. But before you start getting thousands of images in your library, it's important to follow a few ground rules, so that you can always find your images later, as well as making sure Lightroom doesn't lose track of where your images are as well. This quick video from Adobe's Julieanne Kost will give you the rundown on the best practices. 

Video: Photoshop CC: 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How To Do

I'm a visual learner. I like to watch rather than read. If you're like me, and are new to Photoshop, you may like to watch this 45 minute video from Adobe Creative Cloud TV. Over the course of the video, you'll see how to: 

  1. How to remove blemishes or 'touch up' a portrait (using the Spot Healing Tool)

  2. Working with Layers and Adjustment Layers

  3. Working with Masks

  4. How to Crop

  5. How to adjust exposure and fix colour-cast problems (using the Camera RAW filter)

  6. How to remove an object from a photo (using Content Aware Fill)

  7. How to move an object in a photo (using Content Aware Move) and duplicate/transform content

  8. How to remove a subject from a photo and place it on a new background (using Smart Select and Refine Edge)

  9. How to add text

  10. How to save your photos in both editable and sharable format

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