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How to take better photosHow to take better photosBasic rules of designRule of thirdsPlacing your subject off-center creates an interesting, dynamic image. Imagine your photograph divided into three horizontal and vertical sections. To compose a well-balanced, off-center shot, place your subject near the intersections of the imaginary grid lines. This is called the rule of thirds. Rule of thirdsDivide the image into three sections Rule of thirdsUse the rule of thirds to createdynamic portraitsRule of thirdsEmphasize a dramatic sky by placingthe horizon along the lower grid lineRule of thirdsWith a moving subject, use the rule of thirds to leave space for the subject to travel into Rule of thirdsBusy shots feel more orderly when you apply the rule of thirds.Get Close Your subject is interesting, so get close to it. Don't let your pictures suffer from the "Grandma at the Grand Canyon" syndrome, with a tiny subject and lots of boring, irrelevant space. Try Unusual Angles Be bold! Try turning your camera to 45 degrees before snapping a picture. Or instead of snapping it from eye level, kneel down or lie on the ground to get a more interesting shot. Frame Your Subject Try framing your picture with foreground objects to add depth to the image. Pay Attention to Lines Curves, straight lines, and diagonals add energy and movement to your compositions. Let roads and rivers draw the viewer into the image or lead the viewer's eye in a specific direction. Watch for natural geometric patterns and place yourself at an interesting angle to them. Pay Attention to LinesLet roads and rivers lead the viewer into the picture Pay Attention to LinesLook for patterns of lines Pay Attention to LinesDiagonals are dynamic, and curves are sensual Pay Attention to LinesDon't let lines unintentionally throw your photo off balance. When you shoot the horizon or a building, keep the straight lines levelunless you're shooting at a dramatic, intentional angle. Avoid Mergers Avoid MergersAs you position yourself to avoid a cluttered background, also look out for trees, lamp posts, and other background objects which might merge with your subject in unfortunate ways. Look for Interesting Reflections and Shadows Shadows and reflections add depth and artistry Avoid Busy BackgroundsBusyBetterBe a picture directorBoringBetterA picture director takes charge. A picture director picks the location: "Everybody go outside to the backyard." A picture director adds props: "Girls, put on your pink sunglasses." A picture director arranges people: "Now move in close, and lean toward the cameraLook your subject in the eye Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a picture of someone, hold the camera at the person's eye level to unleash the power of those magnetic gazes and mesmerizing smiles Too highBetter angle21Referenceshttp://www.fotofinish.com/resources/centers/photo/takingpictures.htm http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=38/39&pq-locale=en_US Most important~Take lots and lots of photos! Digital photos are cheap! Use the burst mode to get great shots of sports, kids, people!Experiment!Review of tipsRule of thirds:Place object off centerPlace horizon off centerLeave lead room for moving objectsHelp with busy shotsReview of tipsGet closeTry unusual anglesFrame your subjectPay attention to linesAvoid mergersLook for reflections and shadowsReview of tipsAvoid busy backgroundsBe a picture directorLook your subject in the eyeYour TurnHelp me update this powerpoint with our own photos. You will be assigned tip and with a partner, you will get photos that demonstrate a good and a bad version of the tip. 2717 tips to get pictures- students could put into a PowerPoint that could be shown to class.