There are a few interesting principles that I have learned and really enjoyed understanding better with photography in it’s design. I think that the rule of thirds, depth, and leading lines really do make for some amazing pictures, regardless of what they are. So let’s look at some examples.
This beautiful picture was taken by photographer Cam Miller and it is a wonderful example of using the principle of depth. Let’s look a little closer.
Here we have filled in the focus of the camera, with everything blurred around the it creates a beautiful piece of art. We know exactly where we want our eyes to lay, and the unfocused parts of the picture really help the detail in this single leaf pop in a very vibrant way.
Here we have my attempt at achieving this depth perception principle in a photo. This is a little candy toy of Darth Vader, whom I love very much, and it has my living room in the back ground.
Here we again have the focal point of the photo shaded in, showing the real difference between the focus and then the rest of the unfocused room. As silly of a picture as this was I really thought that it came out looking really well, and I know it wasn’t my amazing decorative skills, or the beautiful sculpture used to center it, it was the wonderful principle of using depth in a photo!
Now I know that this picture is small, but I absolutely love it! This was found in an article by Lindsey Lockwood entitled “Lines and Leading Lines” at facingweb.com/lines-and-leading-lines/
Here we can see the beautiful curvature of the railroad tracks that take us on a journey to see that train. Beautiful artwork, and I love how much leading lines just draw you directly into the picture and the subject thereof. This also shows a wonderful example, though I didn’t mark it, of rule of thirds, with the length of the train running through the top third of the photo. All together it really is a wonderful masterpiece.
Here we have a picture that I took of my husband, who so graciously agreed to help me one night to get a picture of these beautiful leading lines that lead me every day out into the wide world or back into the safety of my home. I really felt like the dark backdrop from night would be a fun cover.
Here you can see the exact run of the outline of these leading lines that lead right to my husband and to the dark mysterious world. I was actually really impressed with this picture, and felt like it was an excellent start to a fun hobby of photography! But seriously, what do ya’ll think?
This is such a beautiful and mysterious picture to me. I found it in article by Paul Nuttal entitled “Rule of Thirds” found at www.whatdigitalcamera.com/x-archive/techniques/rule-of-thirds-2-14268
Here we can see the same picture as up top with the rule of thirds grid drawn on it. We can see by the green lines how the tree runs along the far right line while the foot of the mountains run across the bottom line, both following the rule of thirds principle in photography. I really feel like the way these items are set out in the photo make for a very interesting and mysterious piece.
So this picture was taken in my bedroom, where my dog, Beau, was convinced that there was a monster in the vent. The heater was starting to turn on and kept making some awful noises and he was very concerned. Like I do with any cute moment with my pooch I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots to document his silly personality.
Funny enough, after I had taken this picture it was a couple days later I was really trying to think of some fun pictures to take for this project, when I realized that this one fit perfectly in for Rule of Thirds! You can see Beau is located right on that top right cross over, which fits in with rule of thirds just as much as a part of the photo following one of the lines does. This was such a fun picture to take, and the story surely makes it a keeper, but a big reason is such a favorite of mine is because of that wonderful rule of thirds!
I really think that you can see some remarkable traits here about how these three photography principles can enhance a photo. I took some pretty silly photos of my own, but a big reason was to show how even photos of silly toys in a thrown together living room can come out looking great just by applying these simple rules. They made a difference in my pictures, now you should go out and see how they can enhance your own!