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Rule of Thirds and Composition

You have a camera. You learned how to turn it on. You have begun to move past the automatic stage into the creative realm where you are setting your aperture for depth of field, or your shutter speed to capture motion.  Those are all good to know and valuable, but now we begin to focus our attention on the composition of our photos.

The composition of your images will either intrigue and spark interest or have no effect on the viewer. There are certain guidelines you can follow that will help to improve your overall images. One of those guidelines is the Rule of Thirds.

Read the following article from Digital-Photography-School.com that describes the Rule of Thirds and how it works. Answer the following questions on a piece of paper, writing out the question and answering it. Turn it in when finished.

1. What is the basic principle behind the rule of thirds?

2. What is a good technique for landscape shots?

3. What are important questions to ask when learning how to use the rule of thirds?

When you are finished, read this next article on composition and answer question 4.

4. What are 5 effective methods of composition? Give a brief description of each.

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RAW vs. JPG

As we begin to get a little more in depth with photography here in class it is important to discuss the type of format you will be shooting with your camera. As you touched on briefly in chapter 8 of your book, we will be a looking a little more closely at the RAW and JPG formats.

Check out this article from Digital Photography School’s blog as they explain the technical differences between the two.

Once you have read the article, write out the following questions and answer them on a piece of paper to turn in to class.

1. Name 4 characteristics of a RAW file.

2. Name 4 characteristics of a JPG file.

3. What happens when a camera “processes” a JPG file?

4. What are the benefits to shooting RAW over JPG?

5. What are the benefits to shooting JPG over RAW?

Cheat Sheet

As we begin to get in to the nitty gritty concerning aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings, things might get a little confusing. This little cheat sheet might help you understand things a little easier.  You can probably print it out on your home printer to keep with you as you shoot, or if you came this blog on your phone, you can save the image to your phone since that is always with you!

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Welcome to Photo Class!

I’m excited to have so many new students this year for photography! I am looking forward to seeing your creativity and seeing you grow in this art.  I am here to assist you and answer any questions you may have, so feel free to ask.  Check out the links on the right for interesting content and ways to find more education in this field.

You can always email me at bobby.brown@calvaryschools.org with any questions you might have.