On Being Better Photographers

What’s Wrong With this Photo (besides the pants!)

What's Wrong with this Photo?

What’s Wrong with this Photo? flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Going Beyond Snapshots

Ten Ways To Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear (free eBook by David duChemin)

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
-Ansel Adams

Photo and quote from Jennifer, UMW ds106 student (Spring 2013) see http://ds106.livingwithouta.net/2013/02/17/no-rules-for-good-photographs/

Follow the Rule of Thirds

From Exposure Guide “Top 10 Digital Photography Tips” http://www.exposureguide.com/top-10-digital-photography-tips.htm

Then Break The Rule of Thirds

“Play hide and seek” flickr photo by Andrea Costa Creative https://flickr.com/photos/ac_theart/3505959936 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

Seek Converging Lines

“Rotterdam – Wilhelminaplein Metro Station” flickr photo by deVos https://flickr.com/photos/devos/86878315 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

Stanley Kubrick’s film use of one point perspective

Seek Geometric Patterns

“Giant Crosswalk” flickr photo by A is for Angie https://flickr.com/photos/aisforangie/111875558 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

Fill The Frame

“Color your World” flickr photo by Michelle Brea https://flickr.com/photos/itsallaboutmich/840084501 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

Look for Interesting Shadows (lines and color too)

“Angles, lines, light, and shadows” flickr photo by kevin dooley https://flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/1905508309 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Change Your Angle

Photo by Nancy, DS106 student

Find Juxtaposition

“2015/365/9 Find The Juxtaposition” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/15626066194 shared into the public domain using (CC0)

Alter Reality (No Photo Editing)

“104/365: Eiffel crushing” flickr photo by benjaminasmith https://flickr.com/photos/dotbenjamin/2887513136 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Find the Photo Within the Photo

“2013/365/48 In Her Eyes” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/8483752277 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
“Example of Cropping” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/8484847046 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Change the Focus Point, Change the Story

“A day at the beach” flickr photo by deVos https://flickr.com/photos/devos/8250950 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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Pixabay photo by iramaria shared into the public domain.