Photo education

I like learning. I honestly believe I didn’t do well in school is because so few teachers are actually any good. Maybe it’s the structure the NEA dictates. I don’t really know. But all of this is just digression from a remarkably brief post anyway.

I knew that pictures where the subject is off-center were always more visually appealing and striking, but never really knew why. At the unveiling of the iPhone 4S, they talked about the quality of the camera stacking up to consumer grade point-and-shoot devices and little things they’ve added to help users: like a grid overlay on the screen to align pictures for the Rule of Thirds.

I forgot about that feature when snapping pictures yesterday, but I’ve tried to apply it in the cropping and editing of today’s pic. I probably would have done it wrong anyhow, since I hadn’t read any good references on the rule at that point. Today’s photo has also had some coloring done to it: two levels of fading followed by two levels boost in iPhoto ’11. It’s amateur hobbyist-ish, but that’s me. All I know is I like the effect, except for the graininess it adds to the blue sky.

My first cognizant "rule of thirds" attempt.

Edit: photo is clickable for full size image

So I’m learning more about technique and hoping it will reduce dependance upon gizmos. I mean, gizmos are cool and there are a handful I want, but without a basis in the fundamentals I think getting a good shot would be more a matter of luck. Here’s hoping I can start getting the pictures I’ve been envisioning! Curiosity rules!

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