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This Instructable is a series of tips and basic photography techniques for automatic and manual mode, which will result in great pictures that you can show off to your friends and family!

Following these techniques will allow any person to take professional pictures such as the one below! All you need to do is understand the many features of cameras, as well as decide certain placement for your subject. Putting all of these things together can greatly improve your photography skills.

Step 1: Rule Of Thirds

This is a basic photography technique called Rule-Of-Thirds. This is simply dividing your image canvas into thirds, both vertically and horizontally. The main purpose for Rule-Of-Thirds, is to place the subject at the intersection of the horizontal and vertical lines.

Over 200 years ago, professional photographers, and even painters, figured out that your eyes don't focus on the middle of a photo. They actually tend to gravitate towards the areas marked below.

Try taking some simple pictures in which you position your subject in these special areas of the image canvas. When following the Rule-Of-Thirds, your image becomes much more attractive and eye-catching.

However, there are certain instances when placing a subject directly in the middle may be more effective. The difference between using the Rule-Of-Thirds and just placing the subject anywhere, depends on the photographer and how he/she wishes to have their photograph.

Experiment with the same subject, except different postions on the image canvas. Different subject positions can change the way a photograph looks more than you may think.


 
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Big Bwana6 years ago
Brandon555, that fly picture, can I get you tell me the type of camera you used and lens to get that type of Macro photo, I'd love to catch my Venus fly traps in action that close ...... (( see the look on there face as they become lunch ))
Any SLR with a macro lens (+ maybe a teleconverter or extension tubes depending on how much magnification you need), would be capable of taking a shot like that.

I wrote an 'ible on basic photography that touches on macro photography and the equipment you need if you're interested.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Creating-Successful-Photographs-Nature/
Ghost Wolf3 years ago
I se you got some pictures off of shortcourses
Boppo34 years ago
Why not cover abit on macro photography? I know that the macro-mode on my camera is for taking up-close pics but i think there's more to that. Would you mind to enlighten me?
Boppo34 years ago
Overall this is a well-made instructable! I'm a beginner photographer and truly I have learnt a substantial amount of information regarding photography , just by reading this instructables. I suggest you put in more pics for comparison , especially since this is a guide to basics of photography. Well-Done! p.s. - great command of english too!
Boppo34 years ago
I think maybe you can add another photo to do some form of comparison
This isn't strictly true. A digital camera will adjust aperture/shutter speed to match the ISO speed you've selected, attempting to render the same image. A higher ISO means the camera is more sensitive (it actually increases the gain of the imaging sensor) to it can pick out dimmer light. As everything would be brighter it either increases the shutter speed or decreases the aperture (or both).
gnach5 years ago
The photographic guide would be MUCH more helpful if they included the exposure details, i.e.; ISO, shutter speed, and aperture for the photos. Pretty pictures are nice but hardly instructional.
aeathb6 years ago
just to put it out there, on most digital cameras from dslr's to advanced point and shoots, studies have have shown an iso of 200 is normally the best iso to set at for quality. NOT true for film cameras however. for film the lower the better.
You're actually more steady if you exhale before taking a pictures, instead of inhaling.
yup Drill sgt said"deep inhale slowly exhale then hold ,that is how to get best shot off "it got me marksman on the 203
Heh...My sister's new nickname from me is "Tripod." I went on a photography trip with her last weekend, and I learned that her slow-speed hand-holding is neurosurgeon-steady. She took a picture of a flag in a dim room at 1/10 sec, and the threads were perfectly clear. AMAZING.

Now that I've bragged about my sister for a bit (her ear is featured in my first iBle :-) ), I am curious if Brandon actually took any of the pictures displayed here. If not, did you get them from a stock photo site, or are you--intentionally or not--plagiarizing the work of a professional whose images showed up on Google Image search?
My guess is no. I believe I recognize that last one as a pretty common classroom poster photo, and the one of the tripod is so compressed I'd have a hard time believing it's not from online. For various other reasons, I wouldn't believe that he took/made any of the other photos/charts either.
FAKE! These are probable stock photos
Brandon555 (author) 6 years ago
I didn't actually take that photo but if you tell me what camera you have i can help you out. :P
Brandon555 (author) 6 years ago
All the photos except 2, 3, and 5 were already on my hard drive. A few of them were from deviant art i think, but I'm pretty sure the others are royalty free, if there not I'm sorry because i did not intentionally mean to plagiarize. These may not be my pictures but the only reason i used them was to help explain these techniques. Thanks for the comments and sorry for the problem.
Great job, I love the picture in step 4.