For the last two years I’ve been studying the fundamentals of photography, before I start to shoot out of the box. Meanwhile I will keep myself “In the box”.
They say photography has rules, but I think that they are more like general guidelines to aid you in taking decent pictures. If you don’t feel comfortable using them, you can always experiment and break them.
“What I am trying to say is this: Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.
We need to learn the basics of our craft. If you understand the traditional craftsmanship, that is—when speaking about photography—the technical aspect of handling the camera, understanding composition, having thorough knowledge about light’s influence on a photo, and being familiar with the visual language of photography; only then do you achieve full freedom to express your intentions with a photograph.
Some believe learning the traditional craftsmanship will limit their artistic voice. However, I do not agree to that perception. As I see it, knowing will only make you freer—as long as you do not let those old rules confine your creativity. It can actually—and most likely will—become a resource for expressing your artistic intent.”
The following images were composed using “The Rule of Thirds” which is a general guideline in traditional photography. It works this way. You draw an imaginary grid on your camera’s screen with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. Where these lines intersect, is the ideal spot to place your subject. People normally place them in the center of the screen, which is not a good idea. The eye will usually look for the sweet spots described above.
This shot was taken at the Pedestrian Street in downtown Panama City, Panama. As soon as I saw this gracious woman, I knew my day was made. I love the combination of red and black clothing. The woman had a beautiful skin, attractive clothes and walked with grace. I hope you enjoy these shots as much as I did when I pressed the shutter button. Now and then I still take brief looks at this refined woman who walks like a queen.
I will say right up front however, that rules are meant to be broken and ignoring this one doesn’t mean your images are necessarily unbalanced or uninteresting. However a wise person once told me that if you intend to break a rule you should always learn it first to make sure your breaking of it is all the more effective!
Photographs taken with a Fuji X-30 mirrorless camera in P-Mode and handheld. Good Day.