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Practical Photography Series # 3: The Rule of Thirds
Since the dawn of digital photography during the first decade of the new millenium, taking panoramic views has never been this easy. Photo editor can help correct the balance of the view.
In photography, we call it the "rule of thirds". Every time we focus on the subject, we always incorporate the imaginary three divisions or three equal lines on every picture, vertically and horizontally.
It is very important when shooting landscape or seascape and other panoramic views that interest a photographer.
Pointers on taking Landscape or Seascape
1. Immediately put the imaginary three parts, vertically or horizontally on the subject. If you peer at the monitor of the camera, there's already a printed division of thirds on it.
2. If you are still using a manual camera without the printed grid, finding three-part division of the panoramic view will be based on farm views or terrain (as in valley, meadows, etc.)for the lowest one-third; the mountain ranges for the middle one-third and sky for the upper and last one-third. That principle will be for a typical landscape.
3. For the seascape, the sample principle, only that the only division will be the horizon, the line dividing the water and the sky . Two thirds will be occupied by the sky to keep the balance.
4.What if you want to be included in the view? There's an imaginary vertical division that divides the picture. You can choose to be at the right and left side but not at the center, please. Don't hide the view.
5. Imaginary balance is apply to all subjects whether it's up-close or at a distance.
Since the use of digital camera is apparent these days, replacing the manual-type, although it's a very cheap means of taking photos, editing the former is better than the latter that you'll still have to go at the developing outlet for glossy or ordinary results of your documentation.
Whereas, using digital camera can minimize your time as photo editing helps much for a more clearer and tamer results of your photos.
With the right choices of your subjects and the eye for the once-in-a lifetime views, the results can never be categorized as amateurish. You can be one of the most-sought photographers at your place, if you'll compile your portfolio.
Making your Landscape and Seascape as Wallpapers
Instead of searching the net with free wallpapers (with free viruses!!!), you can use your landscape and seascape collection as your desktop photos.
I've used free wallpapers that I downloaded online but to my disgust, it became the prime cause of the slowdown of my computer.
I was advised by my IT (informatics technology) friend to avoid using such free photos because it can cause disasters to the functionality of my desktop.
From then on, I cautioned myself to scan those free wallpapers first before using it as my primary screen photo on my computer.
And the safest option, like I said, is to use my own collection of lansdcape or seascape photos.
Seascapes during my Travels (way back 2009)Click thumbnail to view full-size
I've already published the first two series featuring photos: 1. After-The-Rain Photo Essay and 2. The Fog and The Morning Dew.
For a more professional approach, you can start learning from the experts or buy Photography books that can enhance your potentials or hobby on Photography.
There are lots to record everyday.
Every view has its distinct characteristics, like the views on clouds and skies change everyday. You might make it as an everyday habit, appreciating the beauty around us.