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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 24-10-2015, 04:28 Thread Starter
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The First Step To Good Photography. Frame The Shot.

This thread is for anyone who wants to follow me through a few simple do's and don'ts to start to make every click of your camera count. I want to see images posted from everyone reading this along the way

The FirstStep: FRAME THE SHOT

At this point put everything else you want to know or ask to one side as it will all come bit by bit. Things like f/numbers, iso, Apertures,Shutters, and what half the functions on cameras are can be shut out entirely for the start of this thread. I'll let you know what settings to use until I show you an easy way to remember them. I can only show you how to use the tools and teach you the Art of photography but the rest is down to you. In other words you will learn how to teach yourself. It's known as self organised learning.

I don't care if you are not good at maths orwriting or learning as this is going to happen automatically through your eyes with your progress right in front of you.

Your first projectfor this thread

Framing your shots
Look to fill your viewfinder frame every time with the image you are taking.
Take different viewpoints and angles of the sameshot.
Zoom in and go extra wide.
Walk in close and personal to your subject and shoot and go further away and shoot.
Go down on your knees, or crouch, or use walls orsolid objects where you could place a camera until the shot has been taken.

Pick an object of interest to you, small or large, from abicycle to a building.
Leave portraiture out just now and moving objects.
Rather than clicking when you first see an object, wait until you can fill the viewfinder in your camera and not through your eyes as our brain allows our eyes to defocus everything else around the object to let us see it clearer without side interference where-as we have to manipulate a camera to do the same thing our brain does automatically. FILL THE FRAME to draw the object to us with the camera.

Try to eliminate any backgrounds or protruding objects, simply by taking a different viewpoint of the same object. Looking upor down instead of straight ahead.
Show your object in its surroundings.
Come in close and personal to your object.
Use your zoom to get closer to parts of your object.
Try to show all different aspects of the same object in abstract ways.
Only use natural outside daylight for this shoot.
Use any flowers, trees, shrubs to add interest, or simply to do this exercise.
Just try to frame every shot for this part in the centre of your viewfinder.

AutomaticSettings
Automatic ISO (if you can, make max 1600)
Auto for exposure.
Auto for Aperture.
Auto( one setting lets the camera do everything)
Camera metering. Average centre weighted daylight.

Manual Settings
f/4-f/11. Try anything you want really in this range but don't go beyond f/11.
Shutter Speed between 1/500 1/4000
ISO. 100-400
lens range. 24mm-300mm
Camera metering. Average centre weighted daylight.

If you have a fixed lens camera this is also much the same as the automatic settings.
As long as it has a bit of zoom and wide angle lens.
If your device does not have zoom, then still learn the framing of the shots.
If your flash goes off don't worry, even if the shot is washed out. I'm only looking for images filling the frame in an organised manner at this stage.

In the daytime on a sunny day max shutter speed and aperture will set itself automatically and as it gets duller the settings will change but this will not matter to much.
Do not do this at night time for this exercise.
You will learn how to stop yourself clicking for the sake of clicking and think about every time you are going to use the shutter button, is this framed nicely?


Is the frame filled with one single image in the centre........
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Part 2- Fill The Frame

These are just more images to help you see how you can learn to fill the frame.
Try to keep all lines either vertical or horizontal and not at angles to the skyline or ground at this stage.


Also learn to turn the camera between landscape and Portrait when taking shots to let you see how a simple turn can turn a shot into something more pleasing to the eye.
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Thanks, s-mode, for taking the trouble to post this - very interested, will contribute asap.

BTW passed by your home town on the way across the fens to Norwich - loved the name! My son was a member at Fenland FC, now Seething.

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Avoid these kinds of shots

I have altered these images to show how you could improve ways of composing shots in the viewfinder.
If you get these kinds of shots, then try to see if you can find something on the horizon or something vertical to use as a guide.


Wide angle lens' will give you what is known as a barrel effect and the perspective will be altered to what we see out of our own eyes.


Don't let this worry or bother you at this stage.
There is a time to use it and never use it. I will cover this later.
Keep trying to fill the viewfinder with your object slap bang in the middle of the frame.
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Thanks, s-mode, for taking the trouble to post this - very interested, will contribute asap.

BTW passed by your home town on the way across the fens to Norwich - loved the name! My son was a member at Fenland FC, now Seething.
Was it the name of my house you liked or my famous last name that must never be spoken in public. (from Shakespeare).

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Thank you Robert.
I dont know how Im going to take all this in, but Ill try.
Your not waisting your time though because, as I guessed, a lot more people are interested.
We need to keep commenting to keep the thread near the top.
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Was it the name of my house you liked or my famous last name that must never be spoken in public. (from Shakespeare).
The Boks have just lost to the All Blacks, so I'm in mourning.

Shakespeare? thought it was Voldemort!

OK so now I'm lost... but then I am blonde, nuf said!

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The Boks have just lost to the All Blacks, so I'm in mourning.

Shakespeare? thought it was Voldemort!

OK so now I'm lost... but then I am blonde, nuf said!
Is that South Africa?

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