Some Exercises on Lesson 1 and 2

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Photography for Beginners Lesson 2: The Rule of Thirds

Hi, yesterday, I have learned about the Exposure Triangle, I hope you did too. Today, we will learn what is meant by the Rule of Thirds. In public administration, this refers to the rule of thumb-the one best way. In photography, this refers to the rule of thirds which means a guide for us. We will look it this way, it will guide us to imagine that an image is “divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally vertical lines” and your object of focus should be put along such lines or at their intersections to creat “tension, energy and interest” to your output and just simply taking pictures and putting your subjects on the center. 

It was John Thomas Smith who first wrote the rule of thirds in 1797. “Two distinct, equal lights should never appear in the same picture.” To give solidarity to your images, sime parts of the picture should be as light and some as dark as possible. 

This is all I have today. Till the next lesson and tomorrow we will have a little exercise.

Please feel free to comment to add to my learnings. It is highly appreciated and thanks! 

Best and regards! 

Photography for Beginners Lesson 1: The Exposure Triangle

I like this line from Joel Lee, “most beginners think that the magic of photography happens in the body of a camera, but the true source of magic is LIGHT.” Yes it is true in photography, LIGHT is LIFE. 

Every aspiring photographer need to get a real good deal pictures, must master factors affecting image processing. These factors are the APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED, and ISO. Mr. Cooke explained that the triangle of these factors is not a geometry lesson but it is a common way of determining the exposure of a photograph. The three must have a balance to achieve the desired photos. 

a.) APERTURE

This refers to the size of the lens opening (f/2, f/5, f/11, etc). Try to remember that the smaller the number means a wider aperture opening, and the wider the opening, the more light is coming in. This also means that the larger the number, the narrow the aperture, the lesser the light. Aperture also affects the depth of field which results to bacground blur.

b.) SHUTTER SPEED

The shutter speed “is a measure of how long the shutter remains open and how long the sensor is exposed to light (Cooke,2017).” So, the faster your shutter speed, the sensor will have less time to collect light and result to a lower exposure. While if you have a slower shutter speed, your sensor have more time to collect light and will result to higher exposure. Many pro photographers prefer using high speed shutter to put sharpness to the inages they capture. Shutters are in 1/200 sec, 1/60 sec or 5sec form.

c.) ISO

Adjustments to light sensitivity before was hard, but now we can already donit in just a click. ISOs enable you to work with lesser light, although you got a trade-off which is NOISE. ISOs come in 100, 400, 6400 etc. 

To experiment the three factors, start to put your camera on a manual mode and CLICK, CLICK and CLICK! And before you know it, YOU already master it in your MIND & HEART.

I am not an expert, which is why I am doing lessons and research to become one. And I am sharing my lessons with all of you. I lobe to take pictures but I must admit, they are not good enough because I do not know the basics. So I am now learning it, and I hope you do too. 

Till the next lesson on the RULE OF THIRDS. 

Post comments to add to my learnings. Keep reading, learning and enjoy! #photographylessons

Sources:

Lee, Joel. (2017). The Top 5 Photography Tips for Absolute Beginners.

Cooke, Alex.( 2015). The Exposure Triangle: Understanding how Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO work together. 

Photography for beginners like me

All of us has a sleeping spirit of taking good pictures and aspires to be a good photographer. As a beginner, I do read how to take good pictures, but anyhow by just reading you can’t easily make good pictures. It needs a lot of patience, failures and practices and tons of photo clicks before you get few good ones. 

In a blog I have read, here are some tips which beginners like us might want to consider.

1. Know the Exposure Triangle. 

2. The Rule of Thirds

3. Changing Perspectives: Take pictures from a different vantage point.

4. Considerations for Post Process of your pictures.

5. Because you take Bad Pictures, don’t Blame your Camera. 

Next time, I will thoroughly explain these five items above. So keep posted for more learnings to come. 

Best,

Photography Beginner–