Advanced Composition

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Before taking a closer look at the photo below. I would like you to review a couple of past Picture This! articles. The first is Barrie talking about Leading Lines. Isn’t that a great photo? The second article is the one I did on the Rule of Thirds. Off Kilter is one of my favorite entertainers at Walt Disney World and are fun to photograph.

For the photo below of the Yacht Club Resort, I had my back to the lighthouse you see in Barrie’s photo. As you can see I used her tip on leading lines. I know what you are thinking, unlike Barrie’s photo, I have the dock right in the center of the frame. Could I be breaking the Rule of Thirds I urged you to use in my article? If you follow the dock to the resort notice the roof line of the Yacht Club. Yes, it’s about 1/3 down from the top of the frame and makes for a nice balanced photo. I’m sure after a long day at the parks, this is a welcome sight for returning guests.

Yacht Club Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Dock leading to the Yacht Club Resort.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 25s, f/22, 200 ISO, 0 EV, 18mm Focal length, Tripod

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your compositions. Either when you are taking photos or by cropping in post-processing.

Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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