Wayne Elliott

 

Wayne Elliott

Latow Photographers Guild

A tip for new photographers – Composition 

This is a tip for new photographers.  One of the earliest challenges is composition…what to put in the frame and what to leave out.  Here is a homemade piece of ‘equipment’ that will help you to compose stronger images.

Find a fairly rigid piece of plastic, I used the bottom of a microwaveable tray.  Cut out the bottom, 4 or 5 inches will do and then cut out a 2 inch by 3 inch rectangle from the centre of your piece of plastic.  You now have a cutout that mimics the proportions created by your 35mm DSLR or film camera.

Instead of using your camera to frame and reframe images, you can now easily frame them using your new composing tool.  Hold it closer to your eye for more subject matter in your frame, much like a short lens, e.g., a 50mm,  or hold it farther away from your eye for more of a closeup as in a longer telephoto.  Move it in and out or turn it for portrait or landscape orientations or angle it for more novel images.

PLASTIC WITH 2” X 3” CUTOUT

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CLOSER TO THE EYE FOR WIDER VIEW

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FARTHER FROM THE EYE FOR MORE RESTRICTED VIEWS OR CLOSEUPS

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