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Knowing More on Photography
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Since I was a child, all I knew was to point and shoot with my camera. I would go on taking pictures of anything that took my fancy without anybody telling me that all of it was wrong, that there is more to it than just mere pointing and shooting. That is how photography is with majority of people that I know and that was all my idea of photography until I attended a practical photography workshop last month sponsored again by LRI.

It was again a night full of memories. Me and my husband were invited and we were thinking it was just one of those scientific lectures. We were actually surprised to learn that the lecture was about photography by two of the famous photographers in the country. It was a totally different thing for the two of us and maybe to some of the doctors who were present that night. I got excited especially when they announced that there will be a photography contest right after the lecture with a brand new camera as the first prize. Since I always have my camera in my bag from the time I started blogging, I figured that maybe I was good enough to be able to take home a prize. Well, that was how I found out that there's more to photography than what I knew.

There are actually so many important rules to follow, and one of them is to be able to communicate through the picture. You must be able to impart your message through your photograph.

I often take pictures with my subject in the center of the frame. I learned that this should not be so as it creates a boring image. Putting it on the sides is the best thing to do. Try to experiment and you will know why.

We were also told to define the subject and give it more emphasis. Any other object taken along with the main subject must be given less importance. It should only be there to give visual support. Otherwise it will produce visual clutter rendering the picture effortless.

When you remove from the frame visual distractions, you are putting only the essential in the frame. To do this you should move closer to your subject or try to zoom in. Doing either of these two produce different effects.

Well, the best thing to do in order to get the best picture is to shoot and shoot. Practice makes perfect and by experimenting you will be able to make your pictures better, if not the best. The tips mentioned are not all. There is still the physical aspects of the camera, the light effects, and the visual elements. I'm trying my best to learn from experience and I'm not even halfway through. Photography really is an art.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 8:00 AM  
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