Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How To Get Good Pictures - Camera Composition

-Headroom: Enough room for the subject's head. Too low in the frame (too much headroom) makes them appear short. Not enough headroom makes them look tall and scrunched. Correct headroom gives the subject just enough space around their head to make them look comfortable.

-Eye placement: Should be in the top third of the screen (see rule of thirds). You want the viewer not to notice the camera-work so, make it look natural and standard.

-Avoid Distractions: Keep the photo as basic as possible. Also, look to see what else is in the frame that you may not want there. Are there distracting lines, lights, objects? Clear them out by moving either your camera or your subject. Be aware of light poles, phone lines or antlers that appear to be coming out of people's heads.

-Avoid "floating heads": Don't cut people off at the neck - or body joints, this is disconcerting to the viewer.

-Give "look-space"/ walking room: This is space in the frame that is in front of their eyes that allows them room to look or walk. So they don't look like they will bump into the edge of the photograph.


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