Learning To See

Greetings earthlings.  This week in my visual media course we are studying photography.  This is something that I have always longed to have a talent for and lacked the natural talent to do. I appreciated learning some tips and tricks this week to help me be a better photographer, if I can even call myself that.  This post will focus on three aspects of photography: rule of thirds, leading lines, and depth of field. I will be analyzing not only three of my own photographs but three professionally taken pictures. I want to apologize ahead of time for my lack of talent with regard to my photos, and the fact that they were taken with my Samsung 7, which by the way is far superior to my point and shoot camera.

I have chosen for my professional photos the following:

Stacey Gooch, professional photographer and personal friend.

This one by National Geographic. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper#/03-cboy-serengeti-lion-670.jpg

And finally this one by Rich Legg. He happens to be a professional photographer and blogger that I found. http://leggnet.com/2007/04/leading-lines-with-shafer-sons.html

The following photos are mine that I found in my collection.


Rule of Thirds

For those of you who don’t know what the rule of thirds is, I will explain in my amateurish way.  If you take a picture and draw two horizontal lines and two vertical lines evenly across your photo you will have essentially divided your photo into thirds both directions. Photographers tend to use these imaginary lines to set up their photos in a way that aesthetically pleasing.  The subjects of the photo are generally lined up with these thirds to provide an asymmetrical look but one that is most pleasing to the art of the picture. On both my photo as well as the professional you can see how the subject lines up.  My photo does break one of the rules of not centering a subject, however I look at her cheek as the point in which she is lined up.

Leading Lines

Leading lines are lines found in the photograph that draw the viewer’s attention to a specific part of the pictures.  They work like a frame or creates a focal point. In the piano there is a horizon that the lines are all leading to.  On my photo of the tree we have lines that lead to the top of the tree.  I love looking up into the trees and that is why I took that photo.

Depth of Field

This is essentially a trick done with the focus of the lens.  One subject in the photo is very clear while the rest of the picture is blurry.  The subject is always exceptionally sharp. The blurry subjects in the photo are still beneficial to the overall image and create and artistic backdrop to the sharper focused subject in the photo.


I particularly enjoyed working with photography this week and I learned a lot. One thing that I did learn more than anything with this week’s lesson is that I need to plan more when taking a picture.  A well thought out picture makes it a bit more artistic and lively.  Learning to see through my camera’s lens was definitely something I want to keep on doing. I plan to implement these tricks in my future picture taking to make my images much more artistic and pleasing to view.


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