What is great about photography is that it’s a constant learning process. There is so much a camera can do and so many moments to take photos of. I honestly did not think the”Elements of Exceptional Photography? powerpoint would give me information that I do not already know, but it really did bring up points that I have not thought about in a while.
One thing that really stuck with me was the importance of the Rule of Thirds. When I take a picture, I never really think about where the subject is going to fall in the frame. Subjects that fall on the Rule of Thirds line really are more noticeable and detailed. They pop out more than if the subject is not on the line. I am definitely going to try and follow these lines and make sure I take advantage of my subjects.
Another element that stuck with me as a photographer was shapes. I never thought about how important and really cool different shapes can look together. Shapes can make a photograph abstract or just entertain the eye. It’s interesting to see two very distinct things working together in a frame.
What I really got out of this; however, is that a photographer needs to see. A photographer should not just watch and snap a picture, but actually see what is happening in front of them. I want to be more aware of what I’m photographing, because one little change could turn a good photograph into an exceptional one. Of course it takes more than 16 elements of photography, but with these and active seeing, I think anyone has the potential to be an exceptional photographer.
I am so glad that I did not know everything in the powerpoint, because if I was not learning new knowledge about photography, then there would be no way for me to grow.