Secrets of Successful Photos

Want your photos to have a powerful affect on the viewer, and to stand out among others?  In this post we will discuss three simple visual composition rules that will make your images powerful.


Leading Lines

In these examples we will see how the use of leading lines will direct you through the image.

Wall of Solitude

Photo by Mark Andrews

Wall of Solitude-LL

This is a natural occurrence that you want to look for when taking scenic photos. The leading lines help direct you into the image as seen here. The road and the fence posts draw yo into the image.  With this visual affect it strengthens the photo and creates a feeling of actually being in the physical presence of the photo.



This is an example of visible leading lines and how powerful they can be in directing your attention to the image.


Rule of Thirds

Men at work-2RO3

Photo by Mark Andrews

Men at work-RO3

The rule of thirds helps balance the image with both negative and positive space. Important aspects of the image appear in the cross over sections of the overlaid grid as seen in the first image. Notice how the workers face, knees(showing his knee pads) and ladder are in these areas. It becomes more visually pleasing to the eye and causes the viewer to look at the whole image.



In my example the guitarist face and body take up most of the left third of the image, leaving the right side open. This was done so that graphics and text could be used in creating a brochure. The angle of the guitar is pointing to the right which will lead your eye into what ever will be added.


Depth of Field

Male Gambel's quail calls from perch on top of Mojave yucca

Male Gambel's quail calls from perch on top of Mojave yucca


This image represents the use of Depth of Field which is controlled by the aperture and your distance from the main subject. By using this technique you are able to operate the main subject from the background giving more emphasis on the main subject.



With this technique you can eliminate foreground and background distractions, creating a more powerful image.




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