The master of landscape photography, Ansel Adams said,
“ You don’t take a photograph, you make a photograph. ”
Part 1. Where are you now photographically?
Part 2. Improve how your photo looks using one easy step.
How will this lesson help you?
Following these easy steps will give your photos balance.
In this Lesson you will;
I want you to be able to clearly see the progress you make by following the Even Easier Digital Photos Lessons. It’s so easy.
IMPORTANT Do Part 1 before you do Part 2.
Select some photos you have taken recently that fit into the topics listed or go out and photograph,
- Download and Print off your photos.
- Set up a ring back folder with some plastic sleeves.
- Paste the photos you have taken on a sheet of A4 paper and place them in your folder.
- Under each photo write a comment, do you like the result? What is it about the photo you like What will you do differently next time?
These photos are going to be your benchmarks as you move through this course.
It is so very important that you know how to find and use the features in you camera. I am guessing your camera is able to do things you haven’t discovered yet.
The first feature you are going to look at is the Grid.
- Find your camera’s menu and open it .
- Scroll through your camera’s menu and see if it has a grid. Turn it on if it does.
- Place your subject at one of the intersections on the grid.
- In your SLR and compact cameras press the button half way down to focus on your subject and then press all the way down to take a photo.
- For smart phones check to see what settings you have to focus your camera. If available turn on the Auto Focus.
- Take time with your camera to notice exactly what happens when you focus. Particularly notice how much time your camera needs to focus. If you take your photo before your camera has focused your results will be blurry.
The grid is a series of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines. There are 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines that divide the space equally.
- Looking through the viewfinder of the camera or at the screen select one of the places where these lines intersect.
- Place your subject there to balance your composition.
- Place the horizon on one of the lines in the grid, one third up or one third down
- Press the shutter.
Explanation This is called ‘The Rule Of Thirds’
If your camera does not have a grid then you will need to imagine two vertical lines dividing the viewfinder into 3 equal parts both vertically and horizontally. There would be a grid of 9 rectangles.
Where the imaginary lines intersect are the places you can place your subject.
If you are not good at imagining then,
- Take a sheet of A4 cardboard,
- Cut out a 12 inch x 8 inch rectangle.
- Divide the open space into thirds both horizontally and vertically then tape a piece of string on the divisions both horizontally and vertically.
- You have now made you own grid.
- Take a sheet of clear plastic such as an acetate sheet and a permanent marker and rule your own grid.
- Divide your sheet into thirds horizontally and thirds vertically.
- You should have 9 equal rectangles on your sheet.
To position your subject hold the grid at arms length to see your composition and then position you subject the same way in your viewfinder.
If your camera does not have a grid with practice you will be able to position your subject without holding up the grid to your subject. I leave the grid switched on in my camera all the time.
- Go into your garden or a park.
- Choose a subject to feature in your photos, a tree a flower or a person.
- Position your subject on the grid.
- Press the shutter.
- Take at least 4 different photos with the subject in a different position on the grid.
- If there is a horizon position it on one of the grid lines, never in the middle of your photo.
- Remember to leave room in your photo for your subject to ‘move’.
- Download your photos to your computer.
- Select the photos you are going to put in your journal.Print out the photos you are going to place in your journal.Print the two pages at the end of the lesson.
- Paste your photos on an A4 sheet of paper and put the sheets with the photos on them in your folder.
- Compare the photos you have just taken using the grid with the reference photos you took at the beginning of this lesson.
- Look carefully at your photos and choose which photo you find most appealing and write something about it.
Congratulations on finishing Lesson 1!!! Give Yourself A Treat!
You Can Now Use The Grid.
Leave the grid switched on and use it for every photo you take from now on. This is the first step in your Photographic Journey to Success. To keep following this path set aside a regular time slot in your week so you can get the best results for your efforts.
!!!!! WARNING !!!!!
It is important that the reference photos and the photos from lesson 1 are placed in your photo-journal straight away so you can measure the progress you make.