Knoxville Tn. New York Scenic Photography , photographer

Scenic Knoxville Tn

Part 2 – Composition

- Rule of Thirds

- Diagonal Rule

- Leading Lines

- Reduce Red Eye

- Level Horizon

- Fill The Frame

- Light

Rule of Thirds Explained!

  • The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.
  • The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.
  • The Rule of Thirds is meant to be broken.
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Maryville Park

Diagonal Rule

Beach Maryville Park

One side of the picture is divided into two, and then each half is divided into three parts. The adjacent side is divided so that the lines connecting the resulting points form a diagonal frame. According to the Diagonal Rule, important elements of the picture should be placed along these diagonals.

Leading Lines

  • The leading lines rule can be used to direct the eye deeper into a photo and commonly to the main subject.
  • Leading lines can lure the eye to a subject by leading to it from aTn side or depth of the photo. Leading lines could be roads, rivers, tree branches, bridges or even arms.

Leading In!

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Leading Out!


Red Eye Reduction

  • Light travels through the pupil and strikes the retina and travels back to the sensor.
  • Multiple flashes reduce this by causing the pupil to dilate prior to the main flash firing.
  • Moving the flash away from the lens also works – The light doesn’t take a straight path to the retina.

Level the Horizon

  • On occasion a tipped horizon can add interest to a picture but most often just distracts.
  • Keeping tall buildings vertical is also important.
  • Recently someone has started advertising a gadget that attaches to your camera and beeps to help you understand vertical and horizontal plains.

Horizon Practice

Crooked Straight

Fill the Frame

Soccer Far Soccer Close
Giraffe Far Giraffe Close

Light Types – (2 types)

Hard Light:

  • Small in size compared to subject
  • Creates Harsh Shadows
  • Does not wrap around subject
  • The sun is typically hard light since it’s distance makes it appear smaller than most subjects

Soft Light:

  • Larger than Subject
  • Light wraps around subject
  • Overcast day – Clouds diffuse the point source of the sun and cause it to become soft.
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