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    Latest from walk with dogs,amazing just how much photography opens up your world of what is about you that normally you take for granted.Again just practicing with light and levels up and down to see the change in them and how it effects te picture.Trying out a focus point on pictures aswell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Thanks again for all the tips they really do help ,hope to repay you if your ever up this way.I never forget those who help me.
    No bother at all. I enjoy threads like these, as it helps me to jog my memory banks, reminding myself of all the things I am supposed to think about before pressing the shutter... so hopefully I will remember the next time I am out! I'm just as guilty of 'pointing and shooting' without thinking as everyone else! Good revision work! It also gives me an excuse to go and have a look through my albums for examples.

    Here's another couple of tips on composition...

    Lead-in lines...

    Look for a line that you can start at the bottom left or right corner of the frame that either creates a diagonal going into the frame towards the focal point, or a meandering line that winds its way in, side to side. If the latter, it's important to keep it in the frame and not go out to one side. The idea is to grab the viewer's gaze and lead their eyes into the frame. So, if your line goes out to one side, the viewer's eye will do likewise. It's essentially why we put paintings in a frame - it's to hold the viewer's eyes inside the 4 sides of the frame so they look at your masterpiece and don't wander off outside it.

    The lead-in lines also help to create a 3-dimensional look to what is a 2-dimensional photograph or painting. That is a huge part of painting and photography - creating something with a 3-dimensional depth to it. If you take a photograph that has a block of land straight across the foreground, with a block of water straight across the centre, and a block of sky straight across the top, then it is incredibly 2-dimensional. If you can move to an angle that creates a lead-in diagonal to give a 3-dimensional look to it, it makes a big difference.

    So, now I have to go and look for examples.

    OK...


    The river starts in the bottom right corner, starts to lead in, going left, turns (crucially without leaving the frame) goes diagonally into the scene as it goes right, and finally leads in to the focal point, which is the lodge in the distance (yeh - a bit small, but hey-ho). Not finished there, the road from the lodge takes up the line, and leads the eye up the valley and into the hills in the background.


    A bit more abstract...


    The pier forms the diagonal lead in line, with the artwork (an iron mould of Antony Gormley - dont' ask ) as the focal point, placed on an intersection of thirds.


    Same idea...


    In this shot, the lead-in comes from the top of the frame and forms a line down, through the 4 anglers.,,


    Catching shots like that is the essence of it all for me.

    Another important tool of composition is the 'foreground anchor'. It's a general tool for helping the viewer's eye into the frame. You place an item in the foreground to 'anchor' the composition. It catches the eye, and as the eye is now in the frame, it can then be led on to explore the rest of the composition...



    I regularly press my boat partner into service as an ad hoc foreground anchor...


    In fact, I use boats a lot as foreground anchors...






    Col
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    Love looking at the pictures and more good advice.Have to say I am really enjoying it all.Plus it gets you out and about rather than festering in the house.Keep them coming.

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