Today we have a guest post from none other than my hubby, Floyd. In addition to putting up with my day-to-day craziness (no small feat!), he’s also an amazing photojournalist for CNN and has his own photography website (YarmuthPhotography.com). He’s often the eyes behind many of my post’s photos and recently has been teaching me some tricks of the trade. Today he’s here to share some quick tips on how to make your photos stand out. ~ Megan
Tip #2: The “Rule of Thirds”. Well, it’s more of a guideline than a rule, actually. Basically it means the frame is divided into thirds both vertically and horizontally (like a tic-tac-toe board). You’ll want to put your subject in one of those slices. In this example, notice how the tombstone cross is off-center in the vertical, and in the horizontal, the sky, houses, and grass each fill up a third of the frame. You can use this with sunset/sunrise shots too, but make sure the horizon is either in the lower or upper third, never the middle!
Tip #3: Get Down! Seeing things from a perspective you don’t usually see makes a photo interesting. Look at this photo of our cat , Meatball. I’m at his level, rather than shooting him lying on the couch from above. Makes all the difference. This also is great when taking pics of children. Here’s a ‘Madison eye-view’ of the world.
Remember, the key to all of these tips is taking a picture of something in a way that your eye doesn’t normally see. Hopefully these simple techniques will help give you more ‘frame worthy’ shots from every vacation! Good luck and happy shooting! – Floyd
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