Positioning the center of interest off center at the time of photographing is best, but this can also be accomplished in the computer during the enhancement phase.
Composition is another point to consider. How you compose your photograph will make or break its success. The object of composition is to contain the eye of the viewer to the image. Following are some hints that will help with composition.
Beware of “dead center”… that is putting the subject of your photograph in the exact center of the viewing area. Centering the subject can be deadly. Use the four quadrants of the image area as a reference point for where to put the subject of the photograph. You will find that the viewer is more captivated if the center of interest is in one of the four quadrants of the viewing area.
“Stoppers”: these are things such as trees, building corners, clouds and water edges that can be composed on the sides, top and bottom of the viewing area and stop the eye of the viewer from wandering off the page.
“Horizons”: It is better to frame the horizon of your photograph above or below the center line of the photograph. Try to keep the horizons of your image level.
“Simplicity”: Keep the elements of your photograph as few as possible. Too many elements confuse the viewer and make the photograph ineffective. Seeing the art in making photographs is mostly intuitive. If too much time is spent analyzing the potential photograph, the opportunity for making the image will vanish, leaving you with nothing. Remember to be yourself and rejoice in the pure pleasure of photography. This will let the images of your photography find you.
After the heavy rain storm on Christmas Day 2009, there was a glorious sunset in the Low Country of South Carolina. All I had to do was pick up my camera and enjoy.
Welcome to e-news from Art By Robin, published twice a month or on special occasions. I will prepare and send an e-news letter to share new images, ideas, “how to’s, ” and purchase opportunities to those of you who have expressed interest in my work as an artist and photographer. Many have asked, how did I do this or make this happen, and I will address these situations that may be helpful for your personal use which may motivate a reply response of a specific question which are most welcome. My photographic library has many thousands of images and I will use this as a tool to my web site for viewing and selecting other images. The documents will have links to other sites that will offer more information about workshops, galleries, and related news.
Each issue will have a title image. This image will have a brief story of where, why, challenges and other pertinent information about the subject.
It will contain articles about ideas and the principles that I use in the creation of my art pieces.
Many of my fellow artists at all skill levels, me included, are looking for hints and suggestions that would help and improve our craft. I will pick one or more for each issue.
My life as a professional is made possible by the sale of art items. There are weddings, birthdays, graduations and other occasions that need the perfect gift and I would appreciate the opportunity to supply these needs. There are many needs for interior decorating. Photographic Art is a very affordable option for these spaces. Other needs for articles will arise and I will try to respond to them on an as-need basis.