Monday, August 25, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Frame Edges and Balance

Enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by award winning nature photographer Russ Burden:

Frame Edges and Balance
One of the nice things about landscape photography is the same subject can often net different images with many variations. The most basic is capturing the scene both vertically and horizontally. If you are not in the habit of doing this, write yourself a reminder right now and place it in your camera bag. Another way to create a variation is to add a foreground element. Additionally, you can shoot the scene with both a wide and telephoto lens to get different perspectives. As most variations are based on compositional changes, there are two more ideas I want you to add to your shooting list - Balance and Frame Edges.

FRAME EDGES are very important and often overlooked as many photographers zero in on the key subject area that is usually toward the center of the frame. The concept of TUNNELING the viewfinder happens as ninety percent of the attention is given to what’s occurring in the center. I urge you to carefully scan every corner of the viewfinder.

BALANCE - Prevent a situation where too much of the composition is weighted to either side or to the top or bottom portion of the image. The most common OOPS regarding this is including too much sky, especially if it lacks drama.

The photo(s) in this post were taken by Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

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