Photography Reverse Engineering

Introduction:

In this blog, I will explain how the concepts of photography help the viewer understand the focus of the image. I will post pictures done by other photographers then post a picture I have personally taken. Each other image will have a description with information about the technique.

Rule of Thirds:

Rule of thirds - Switch

Photo by Christo Salcedo – http://christosalcedo.weebly.com/1/post/2013/01/rule-of-thirds-pictures.html

Rule of thirds - Switch - Drawover

This picture follows the rule of thirds because most of the image is taking up 2/3 of the picture. The interesting lines in the top left show where the most focus is. The image is more defined in that area.

Rule of Thirds - Me - Fix .png

Picture was taken by David Grimmett (personally taken Picture)

Rule of Thirds - Me - Fix - Drawover

In this picture, the light switch takes up 2/3 of the whole image. The focus of the picture is near the intersecting lines on the right. These points are surrounded by the most contend. This pulls the viewer’s eyes toward the right side of the switch.

Leading Lines:

Leading lines - Chess

Photo by: Shayna Santin – http://isite.lps.org/cpetska/web/dw/pages/begphoto/14-15%20T3/1st/shayna%20santin.htm

Leading lines - Chess - Drawover

In this picture, the photographer uses the grid system on the chest board to bring the viewers eyes toward the front of the picture. All the lines coming toward the front of the image converge with a perpendicular line going toward the left side of the picture.  This causes the viewer’s eyes to focus on the intersecting areas of the image.

Leading Lines - Me

Picture was taken by David Grimmett (personally taken Picture)

Leading Lines - Me - Drawover

In this picture, the lines coming toward the front draw the observer’s eyes toward the chess pieces. The lines going from right to left also help the focus of the image stay toward the from and near the objects they intersect with.

Depth of Field:

Depth of Field - Piano

Photo by: Anna Jane – https://www.etsy.com/listing/76749318/photograph-fine-art-photography-photo?ref=sr_gallery_6&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=Piano&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

Depth of Field - Piano - Drawover

The photographer was able to focus on the piano key closest to the front. This caused all the keys in the background to become blurry and the content of the image is pulled forward.

Depth of Field - Me

Picture was taken by David Grimmett (personally taken Picture)

Depth of Field - Me - Drawover

In this picture, the object closest to the camera, which is a piano key is the only element of the photo that is in focus. The rest o the image is blurry. This causes the viewer to keep his/her eyes focused on the front of the image.

Conclusion:

Using photography techniques help convey to the audience what the purpose of your picture is. This allows a larger audience to understand and enjoy your work. Just by following these principles (Rule of Thirds, Leading lines, and Depth of Field), your future photographs will have a sense of expertise

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