Tips for some super photographic powers!Don't say Cheese 2!
By Nadia Bata, Blue Shoes photography
Don’t say cheese
One photog-mama’s guide to taking better photos of your children!
In my last article I promised to use my superhero powers to banish bad photos forever and I am back to fulfill that promise, but before I do that I wanted to ask a question. Have you ever wondered what it is that makes a photo good? I personally believe that a photograph has to make me feel something, it has to allow me to dream, it should reach its viewer on a deeper level and draw them in to it…Some of the most beautiful photographs in the world do not actually follow all the rules of photography!
Throughout this series of lessons I will be sharing many tips that will take your photos to the next level, technically. However, for those photos to really stand out of the crowd, you need to have passion and the desire to tell a story, the desire to tell your story, through the art of photography…
The first few lessons are related to composition; which is how you place and position the different elements of the subject in your image. The first lesson is all about a little rule called “the rule of thirds”.
The rule of thirds basically says: stay out of the middle, live life on the edge! Most of us feel quite comfortable in the middle but the good news is that when it comes to photography, nothing bad will happen when you step out of your comfort zone, except for amazing photos of course.
So, are you ready to get started? If you take a rectangle with the same dimensions as your image, divide your frame into three sections vertically and another three horizontally, you get something that looks like this
In a perfect world your subject should be placed at one of the points where the lines intersect, it’s as simple as that! I will share a few examples to make things clearer
The first is a photo on my son lying down and reading on his bedroom floor (a total setup btw!) , notice where the subject is placed in relation to the rule of thirds, the photo just has more impact this way, it also gives the subject a little breathing space, giving your eyes a place to rest.
In the second image, his placement allows me to tell a story, I can show you what he’s looking at by placing him towards the top of the frame but he is still the focus of the image.
Try to imagine what the next photo would have looked like If I had placed my focal point (his tired newborn baby eyes) in the centre…which do you think looks better?
And the last photo, it must be one of my all time favourites, actually, it might be going up on my living room walls, Im still deciding….here he answering the question (how big is Faris?) it always gets me a little smile..not an easy task with my boy!
And there you have it, if you have any questions, please post them the in the comments section