Aspects of Good Photography

Introduction

In good photography, you generally follow one or more of the following guidelines: rule of thirds, leading lines, and depth of field. If you follow one or more of these guides when taking pictures, they will come off as more interesting and more professional. The following three images are ones I will analyze which follow those three guides, and then I will try to mimic them.

Rule of Thirds
Photographer: Elaine Casap
Link: https://unsplash.com/@ecasap

Leading Lines
Photographer: Elaine Casap
Link: https://unsplash.com/@ecasap

Depth of Field
Photographer: Adam Zvanovec
Link: https://unsplash.com/@azvanovec

Analysis

Rule of Thirds

This image follows the rule of thirds by placing the person at the intersection of two of the lines, and having the horizon placed along the top line of the image. This is effective because your eyes go to the most important parts first (the person and the horizon) and then travel over the remainder of the image.

My photo shows a rule of thirds because the temple is not centered, but is slightly angled to the left. The main focus (which is the top part of the tower) is touched on by two of the lines at their intersection.

Leading Lines

This image causes the eye to travel along the lines to the very middle, where the person stands. It also shows some framework (the shubbery on both sides of the image) as well as a focal point, which is the person in the center. The lines along the path give a great sense of closure at the end, where your eyes meet in the middle.

This image shows leading lines in a different way than the image above. The lines go diagonally, leading the eye to the top of the image, where the bridge goes on to who-knows-where. These lines draw the eyes along the entirety of the image, thus making it successul in its attempt to pull the viewer’s eyes from one side to the other.

Depth of Field

This image shows depth of field because the person in the center is in focus, whereas the mountains and remainder of the background are out of focus and blurry. This creates great focus and contrast. The person is obviously the focal point because they are what the focus is on.

The rose is the focus. This could also be a good thirds rule image, as well, because the rose is not centered. The background (greenery and other roses) is blurred, giving a depth of vision/field, and making it seem that the rose is even closer and is absolutely the focus and purpose of the image itself.

Final Thoughts

The quality of an image can be enhanced tremendously if we utilize these three rules while taking photographs! As we utilize leading lines, depth of field, and the rule of thirds (along with the other rules and guidelines for photography) we will create beautiful, enhanced images that capture the attention of all of those who look at them. It’s important to understand these so that we can better create art, including in graphic design!

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