Understanding Vanishing Points

6th Oct 2017

You may remember last month we brought you Wendy's photo chllenge on leading lines. Within this post we spoke briefly about vanishing points; the point in the distance where parallel lines seem to meet. We've just…
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Visual Balance

1st Apr 2015

A sense of visual balance is essential in a photograph, without it we find the image unsatisfying. Balance is achieved with a combination of symmetry and harmony. Symmetry is generated by placing one large, single subject…
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1st Mar 2015

PERSPECTIVE We usually want our two-dimensional photographs to appear three-dimensional. Knowing how to take full advantage of your camera's controls is important, but the key to producing dramatic pictures lies with the design…
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The Perfect Viewpoint Pt 5

12th Dec 2014

Photographs by Adrian Stone  Portraits of children and pets are often taken by adults standing up. This viewpoint diminishes the power of the subject, so they appear submissive and vulnerable. So try shooting upwards at your…
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The Perfect Viewpoint Pt 4

5th Dec 2014

Photograph by Hao-Wu 'Runner' Beijing, China In the image above, Hao Wu has generated a great sense of drama in his photograph. He took the image from just above street level. This viewpoint increases the image's…
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The Perfect Viewpoint Pt 3

28th Nov 2014

Photo by Swapnali Mathkar 'Fire in water, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Leading lines within a photograph help to draw the viewer's attention to a specific element, or to tell a story as a journey. They are…
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The Perfect Viewpoint Pt 2

21st Nov 2014

Reflection Beijing taken by Hao Wu Architectural photographs of tall buildings often need to be taken when you are fairly close to them, so how can you avoid converging verticals? To reduce the effect, move back as…
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The Perfect Viewpoint pt 1

14th Nov 2014

The following set of tutorials draw on the compositional elements of images taken in a variety of settings across the world. They vary in their content, style and impact. What they all have in common…
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The Rule of Thirds

23rd Jul 2012

The 'Rule of Thirds' can help create natural balance in your photograph and add to its impact.
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Composition - The Viewpoint

29th Mar 2012

This article takes a look at some of the twentieth century's most celebrated photographers and how they use composition to enhance the feeling of their photographs.
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