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30 Days of Photography Tips… Day 29

DAY #29!

TIP #29: Use natural lines to draw the eye toward your subject.

Look at the lines in the world around you and use them in your images. Use lines to draw the eye in toward your subject. You achieve this by positioning yourself and your subject so that the lines lead toward them when you’re looking through your camera.

shooting photos outside in open shade

I blogged about this little girl’s pics previously but only when referring to the color and contrast. This time I’m going to focus on composition and my manual camera settings.

These shots were taken outside in the full shade of a building wall. Full shade is the best! Especially for those who are still learning. It’s much more forgiving and easier to shoot in than sun and other tricky lighting situations. Look at the composition of this shot below. She fits into the rule of thirds here.
My manual camera settings for all three of these shots were actually the same:
ISO – 200 (morning, but in full shade)
aperture – 3.2
shutter speed – 1/800

manual camera settings

In this picture below the little girl is front and center. It’s all about her and her sweet little smile.

manual camera settings

Same location, but pulled back a bit so you can see all of her. She’s sportin’ just a bit of attitude and I love it. :)

manual camera settings

silhouettes in photography

Silhouettes at dusk. Ahhh. Love them.

Here are my manual settings for this shot:
ISO –500 (evening, dusk very little light left in the day)
shutter speed – 1/1600
aperture – 3.2
lens – 50mm 1.2L

telling a story through your images

Photography should tell a story. Here are a couple of stories portrayed in an image or two.