Since most of us are stuck inside our homes, I decided to rerun a series I did several years ago, called Cee’s Compose Yourself Lesson (CCYL). This is not a challenge, but I suggest you play with new ideas or ways of looking at taking photos. Hopefully this will fill your day with a little excitement and joy. Please feel free to play along and join in the fun.
Review and Practice
Look through your photo gallery and select some of your favorite photos that you have posted on your blog, then determine which compositional rules are used in your photos. You will be surprised at how many rules you are using. Sometimes multiple rules are used within one photo. Please explain which rule or rules fit your photo.
Here are a couple of my photos for examples.
All my photo have at least two types of rules going on. The common rule within each of them is the Rule of Thirds. That has to be one of my favorite rules. It is so flexible.
This photo uses the right 2/3 of the photo that I took on a nature trail. This also has 3 columns (or rectangles), and don’t forget the lines of the trees.
There are a bunch of triangles in this photo of an alpaca. Plus the chewing jaw is on the left third of the photo. For the most part this is a fairly warm colors with the brown and hints of yellow.
Now this is an interesting photo for rules. It is actually a reflection in my iPhone of some daffodils I picked from my yard. It is a frame in frame which means there are a frame around the object you were taken. The daffodils are basically a triangle in shape. The black and white are contrasting colors and the yellow and orange are harmonious in color. Don’t forget about the diagonal lines either.
Take New Photos or Use Photos You Have Not Posted Before on Your Blog
Pick a couple of favorite rules and find photos that you haven’t posted yet, or take new photos that match those rules. Please explain which rule or rules that fit your photo.
I am showing some of my photos for as an example.
Simplicity is all about this photo. The little daisy is in the bottom third of frame. One thing I haven’t mentioned yet, is that your eye automatically goes to the brightest point on any photo. So in this case, the white of the daisy is where your eye will automatically go. The yellow and green colors are harmonious. The daisy is obviously round.
This photo is fun just because of all the shapes and lines. This photo is circular in nature and works well as a square photo.
This seagull has a couple things going on with it. What shapes do you see in the seagull or does it look more like a prominent line? What shape or shapes are the trees? Plus here is a little lesson for this week with this photo. For those of us who read left to right, your eye is aware of the trees in the bottom left and then your eyes follow through to the seagull flying right out of the frame.
The seagull depicts where your eyes leave the photo frame.
Here is the same photo in reverse. For those who read from right to left and up to down, it should look more fluid to you. Although for those who read left to right, you won’t even notice the trees because all you do is see the bird flying off the screen to the left.
- CCYL 1: How Your Camera is Not Like Your Eye
- CCYL 2: What all well-composed photos have in common
- CCYL 3: Always Take More than One Photo
- CCYL 4: Simplicity
- CCYL 5: Leading Lines
- CCYL 6: Horizontal Lines
- CCYL 7: Vertical Lines
- CCYL 8: Diagonal Lines
- CCYL 9: Rule of Thirds Introduction
- CCYL 10: Using 2/3 of your photo frame
- CCYL 11: Centerpoint – Breaking the Rule of Thirds
- CCYL 12: Perspective – In relationship to Distance
- CCYL 13: Symmetry
- CCYL 14: Cropping – My Favorite Tool
- CCYL 15: Color Basics
- CCYL 16: Harmonious Colors
- CCYL 17: Opposing Colors
- CCYL 18: Improve Your Eye for Composition
I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts. So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog. Feel free to contact me anytime. I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.
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