I have so many gorgeous friends out there who would like to know more about photography and how to take better pics that I thought we could share some of our pics once a week this month in a little ‘smirkshop’ – something to make you smile and work at the same time.
I thought a great place to start was on portrait composition and in the next three weeks I would like to give tips on light, emotion and shooting movement.
Many newbies think that it is best to place your subject in the middle of the photo. I also thought that in the early days but I was quickly rapped over the knuckles by my photography teacher who instilled the 2/3rds rule of art in all of us.
Photographic composition and proportions came directly from the art world at photographys birth in the 1800’s. A nicely balanced image has the same proportions as in art today. It’s called the 2/3rds rule. If you can imagine laying a grid over your images like I have above and breaking it up into 3rds horizontally and vertically. A great place to position your portraiture subject is where the lines meet.
This allows for ‘negative space’ in the image and for an interesting composition.
This principle works for horizontal and vertical images and can also be applied to landscape, fashion, still life composition.
When can we break this rule? All rules are made to be broken this is only a guideline and there are times when this isn’t the best option.
All photos copyright Carla Coulson Chasing a Dream
As in the above photo I have placed the subject smack bang in the middle of the image because I loved him framed by the beautiful architecture. Placing someone in the middle of the shot also works when you have a totally symmetrical image, someone in the middle of a street, row of trees etc. The photo can be stronger placing them in the middle on purpose. If you would like to participate in my ‘smirkshop’ and have me check out your images, tag me on facebook with Carla Ann Coulson and I will leave you a message. Best of luck..
As it’s Friday and there is so much exciting stuff happening in the world and I want to share it with you I have some lovely links for you – so break out the bubbly and enjoy your weekend.
Juliette Charvet is a French photographer based in New York, she has a strong focus on street and travel photography. Juliette’s first exhibition in Paris titled ‘NY Figures’ will be showing at Le Village Royal from June 14 till July 28 see more of her work Juliette Charval.
Dash is English and has been living in the SW of France for the last 9 years as a self confessed Italiofile. She has just been on a road trip over to the Italian Riveria and has done an extensive post of pics and insights into her 3 day holiday… see it here
Italy + Food – I know I am a little predictable at times but hey we all have to eat! I have been fortunate to find Eleanora Baldwins’s amazing blog Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino and this is how she describes herself “American born, Italian raised, Global Citizen” I love that!
Eleonora not only shares her love of food with simple ingredients that Italian cuisine is famous for (fantastic recipes supplied) she is an accomplished food writer and also organises culinary tours in Rome or design you your own custom food holiday in Italy. If you are travelling to Italy bookmark this site it is loaded with foodie information
Jeanne at A Collage of Life is off to Vietnam. A ‘permanent expat’ Jeanne has lived in Australia, England and is just about to unpack her bags in Vietnam. If you are interested in expat life the lovely Jeanne takes great photos and has some wonderful insights and I can’t wait to see her pics of Vietnam.
Aussie girl Louise from Table Tonic has sublime taste and her online shop has the most luscious homewares with an ethnic edge think exquisite Moroccan and Mexcian pieces and I love her range. Oh and if you live or are visiting Sydney she has just opened the doors to a shop in Avalon on the Northern Beaches! Wish I could drive there now!
Mary Jo Matsumoto not only writes the stylish and informative blog Trust Your Style this talented American is a designer with a stunning range of handbags/totes/clutches and her own nail polish range. And if that isn’t enough to keep her out of trouble Mary Jo has a double Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Rhetoric with Highest Honors at the University of California at Berkeley, and she attended Parsons School of Painting in Florence, Italy just to name a couple of her educational accomplishments! Love MJM x