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Follow the rules..sometimes!

If you have been taking photos for some time, you will have heard of the various rules that are out there about how to take a good pic. Things like leading lines, rule of thirds etc… In many cases, these rules are a good foundation and the have a lot of value to help you to get you images looking good, but you have to know WHEN and HOW to break them. For example, take the rule of thirds, you know the one…you divide you image up into thirds and as far as possible, put your centre of interest on one of the lines as they interesect (called a powerpoint  – nothing to do with Microsoft) But when can you break this rule, well, if your COI (centre of Interest or Subject) is so compelling that it doesnt matter where you put it. Pieter Hugo is a South African photographer who breaks these rules with great aplomb, but his subject matter is so incredible, you can’t help but look at his images. They create a sense of unease, the colours are muted and darkened, but the images are incredible. Take a look at the pics in this post, tell me what you think, Should Pieter have followed a more traditional composition, or does this work…I Hyena Manthink it does!

Albino

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What makes a photo Great?

Well, you can go into detail about the “rule of thirds” (more about this another time) you can talk about the lighting, the colour, the tone, the expression and guess what. All of these would be correct. What makes a photo great is the combination of all of the above techniques and more. A great photo is about what speaks to you personally. Great photos will show emotion, will exude some sort of passion, will cause you to think, will make you laugh, or even cry. A defining image is not simply about a topic or a person, its about what it says about those things. You will know when a photo is great…its the one that speaks to you without verbally saying a thing…

African Sky