Reverse Engineer

Three Photography Rules

This week we learned more about the basics of photography and three basic rules to follow: rule of thirds, leading lines, and depth of field.

Rule of Thirds

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Image courtesy of Pixabay.com.bird-2

The bird’s eye is on the intersection of two of the lines, making it a center of focus for the photograph. The blurred background from the shallow depth of field also helps keep the focus on the bird’s eye.lyla-2

Photo by Kelli McCown (personally taken photograph).lyla-3

For my photo I centered the eye on one of the lines, keeping the focus on the eye. The neutral background also helps keep the focus where it needs to be.

Leading Lines

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Photo by Moab Man.bridge-2

The edges of the bridge help create leading lines back to the mountains in the background of the photo. The bridge gives the impression of the journey required to get back to the mountains.leading-lines-2

Photo by Kelli McCown (personally taken photograph).leading-lines-3

The edges of the bridge in this photo lead the eye to the background of the photo. The tire bridge is somewhat in focus, but the background walkway is the center of focus.

Depth of Field

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Photo from Macworld.com.girl-2

This photo has a shallow depth of field, which keeps the little girl in focus and the background blurred. This photo appears to have a very large f-stop since the entire little girl is not in focus-her nose is, but her ears are not.

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Photo by Kelli McCown (personally taken photograph).dof-3

I tried to mimic the little girl above, and kept Carl in focus and the background behind him blurred. I managed it through the use of a shallow depth of field. I used a f2.8 aperture.

I enjoyed the chance this week to focus on photography and ways to improve my own photography.

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