Master the Composition

(Part 2)

In part 1 we talked about the tools of the composition and how to get the best frame using these tools. we talked only about the rule of third.

In this part we are going to talk about:

Framing, Layers, Leading lines

Framing



It is about how to create a frame like the above trying to surround the interesting subject with a frame to narrow the eye to the center of the scene.

Kind of framing

Layers

Don’t you think that Layers create depth in the scene. the difference in the color tones and their levels create a feeling like it is a 3D photo. you feel that you are inside the picture

Leading lines

 Curves

In the above black and white image, the curve creates a nice leading line to the centre of the scene and then two other curves create somehow an eye surrounding the buildings and their reflection.

Check the above picture, you will find the edges of the lake act as curves leading your eyes to end of the scene.

Diagonal lines


Straight Lines

In the above picture, the lines starting with a wide distance and it became narrow the more you go into the scene give you the feeling of the depth due the the perspective created by the these leading lines. these leading straight lines take your eyes to the end of the photo.

See you in Part 3

Master the Composition

(Part 1)

How important is the Composition?

I had a discussion with a friend of mine who is not a photographer when he asked me, why does the image taken by a photographer looks better comparing to the one captured by the non photographer?and that clicked something in my mind, it is about the quality of the picture, but what is the quality of the picture?. and how could we produce a high quality image?May be the equipment is the key? or the skills of the photographer or the timing or may be the quality of the light, the the direction of the light. in reality, all of the above have an impact of the quality of the picture but what about the composition? let’s talk about the composition in more details and find out if it is important to the image or not.you may believe as I do, that the good composition make the eye, any eye comfortable with the image. that is the most important part. then you can talk about the rest of the elements what create the image. in order to understand the composition, we need to know something about what they like to call it rules. many photographer and I would like to call them tools or guidelines cause you can break them later but my advice is to master them first! 

In this series, I will try to cover as many as I can,

  • Rule of Third
  • Curves
  • Framing
  • Layers
  • Lines
  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Perspective
  • Texture
  • Anchor point
  • Rule of Odd

Rule of Third

The above picture has been taken in 2014 from Dubai Marina capturing the iconic landmarks (Borg El Arab and burj Khalifa) from the sea side. you will find 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines dividing the photo into 3 horizontal sections, 3 vertical sections and 4 strong points. As per the rule of third, you should place your subject in one of these intersection where the vertical lines cross the horizontal ones. but when you photograph moving subject or human or even birds or animals, you need to consider their moving direction or where they are looking at as below,

This picture has been taken in Georgia 2016 in one of the hotel there. the statue if you notice look at the right side. so that is better to keep the space in front of him not behind him. Notice that keeping space in front of the the subject where it is direction seems to be, help to improve the composition..

Another example of the rule of third and the direction, is in the above image which is actually has been taken by mobile phone(The same concepts applicable on mobile photography). It doesn’t mean that you cannot break such rule. sure you can. however, let’s stick to what we agreed on to master them all first and then go break them. at least you know what you break 😉
Next time will talk about some other tools of the composition See you then. Have a nice photography time!

Ahmed 

How to create a Panorama in 3 steps using Lightroom.

Cairo Panorama Sunset

The Photo has been taken from The Cairo Tower (Arabic: برج القاهرة‎, Borg Al-Qāhira) which is a free-standing concrete tower in CairoEgypt. At 187 m (614 ft), it has been the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa for about 50 years. It was the tallest structure in Africa for ten years until 1971, when it was surpassed by Hillbrow Tower in South Africa.(Wikipedia)

The photo consist of 5 Portrait photos. I have tried with the security to allow me using the tripod as I wanted to take a long exposure sunset but they justified their rejection cause of the limited space at the top of the tower which was true. it was a bit crowded where it will be a challenge to use the tripod for long time. Anyhow, I decided to capture the whole sunset scene using the panorama technic, I shot 5 photos with around 20%  overlap in order to cover all the information, then blended them together in Lightroom. 

just right click and select :-> photo merge -> Panorama.

Then, you will get this screen 

Just push the boundary wrap slider to be 100

And Finally, we obtain the below result.

After merging the five photos and obtain the above final image, export it to the photoshop and complete the post-processing. 

Have a nice photography time!

Ahmed

Photography and lifestyle

 

The Photography Business Lifestyle

The photography business is actually a lifestyle business. You will live a life through photography that will make you feel like a brand new person because you have time to live the life you want. You will find that there are many photography online business models, and you might want to start a lifestyle business that allows you to do some things outside of your normal job that still involve photography. Photography is a powerful profession, and it will help you be as creative as you want while also helping people.

1. The Photography Online Business Models

The photography online business models are those that allow you to advertise yourself on your website and through social media, helps you make appointments with clients online, and saves money for the client. You can do all your editing using digital software, and the lifestyle business that you have created allows you to create a work space in your home that only includes your computer or your photography equipment.

2. The Lifestyle Business Option

The lifestyle business option is one that allows you to work for n

o one but yourself. You can decide who you will work with, and you have creative freedom because you do not have a boss. You can use a website and social media to show off the work that you have done, and you will find that the lifestyle business gives you time to think and be with your family. You set your hours, and you can fit all your clients into the times that you have chosen. This also means that you can save money on the business because you can decide how to put together all your services.

3. The Creativity Options

The photography online business models are very powerful because they provide you with the chance to be as creative as you want. You might want to talk to the people that you work with on special ideas that they have, and you also must ask these people if they have any special requests. These customers will allow you to show off how creative you are, and photography online business models help you market in inexpensive ways.

4. Social Media

Social media is the place where you can advertise your business, and you can do all this from your mobile device. You do not have to buy ads that cost too much money, and you are not required to make your website look like it came from a large corporation. You should populate your social media feeds with pictures that you have taken with your clients. You want people to see that you have the skills to make them look great, and you might have many people follow you on social media before you start working with them. They will get used to seeing your pictures, and they will call on you when they need help with pictures.

5. Online Order Systems

The photography online business models include online ordering. This means that you can create a place where people buy prints of your own work. You could sell prints from special events to people who attended the event, or you could take artistic photos that you sell as prints. You might have t-shirts made, swag, and other items that people will buy. You can market yourself as a place to buy creatively, and you can run all of this out of your house because there are other companies that will actually fulfill most of these orders for you.

6. You Have Extra Time

You have extra time to live your life because you are making more money every day. You can work with people on big projects because you can set aside time for them, and you must plan for time with your family. You can decide when to go on vacation, and you can get your own health insurance for a good price in the modern market. There are many people who will want to have their schedule set up around the photos they take, and you can take some time to scout locations, take pictures pro bono for your friends, and to make time for social gatherings.

7. Conclusion

The best part of this lifestyle of creativity is that you are in complete control of what you are doing. You can take pictures for a living, and you can enjoy the lifestyle more because you can set up time to do everything you want to do. You can make more money online, and you get to set your schedule. Someone who wants to have the photography business set up online will find that they can completely change their life, change how they interact with their family, and allow for a high level of creativity. This is the best thing that you can do when you love taking pictures.