Monday, March 24, 2014

Getting Tipsy

Adding an oblique line or a diagonal flow to your composition can enhance the overall appeal of an image. Often flowers or plants grow pretty much straight up and down, but you can create an oblique line by simply tipping your camera.

Just because a subject is lined up vertically in your frame does not mean that you cannot take artistic license and tip your camera to improve the composition and visual flow.

Try to use the space available in the frame to line up the subject. As you tip your camera, keep a careful eye on the background to make sure an unexpected distraction does not appear.

With any subject, you can always make artistic decisions that may depart slightly from reality but that improve the overall appearance of an image. You do not have to stick with a realistic representation, if a little creativity improves an image.

Try tipping the camera in both directions and then determine the angle you like best. The bottom line is what appeals to YOU.

Shutter Speed 1/320 sec.  Aperture f/2.8.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 100mm macro f/2.8L IS.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Handheld.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “[Artistic license is] the freedom to create an artwork … based on the artist’s interpretation and mainly for effect.”

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