– Rule of Thirds
– Creating a niche
– Photoshop real estate
Today, I didn’t only take photos of the studio, but also worked on some other things as well. However, some of today’s goals are hard to learn without a photo shoot to understand, and some of them, I already have an idea what they are, we just didn’t discuss them today. For example, the rule of thirds.
I understand what the rule of thirds is. It’s the rule that when looking at a photo, your eyes divide the photo into thirds, horizontally and vertically. Your eyes naturally focus on the lines and the intersections of those lines. So, a photographer aims to have the important aspects of the photo that they want the viewer to see in those intersections. However, there are plenty of times where you purposely break the rule of thirds. For example, look at this photo:
This photo does not follow the rule of thirds. If I would have followed the rule, the ball of yarn would be off-center. Since there is nothing else in the photo that needs focus, you break the rule of thirds and center the ball of yarn.
The goal of understanding composition was achieved today by taking photos of the studio. Composition is relatively simple right now. However, it will get more complicated when working with people, especially in multiples. Right now, I am practicing with object, or rooms. Composition is what you want your photo to be composed of. For example, if you look at the photos of the studio I took today.
Let’s look at this photo in particular. This photo is composed of a desk and its surroundings, a window, a table, walls, a lightened ceiling, and a doorway. When I took this photo, I wanted the window in the photo and the pillar with the clock on it. Had I moved inches to the left or right, I would have excluded those things in the photo. Also, off to the right, where the camera didn’t reach is my desk, with Kathy working on it. I wanted the focus of this photo t be on the room, not on a person, so I purposely composed the photo without Kathy in it.
Posing was learned through photographing the yarn. However, this topic is much like composition: it will get more complicated when working with people. Posing is part of composition, in a way.
Look at these photos. On the right, you see two photos of the blue yarn, yet they are posed differently. I liked the second photo better, when I had to photoshop the three of them together, I used that instead. On the left is the photo where I photoshopped all three of them into one photo. I decided to pose them so they all looked the same, instead of two one way and one another.
The other three goals of today, creating a niche, marketing, and workflow, are tasks that, I feel, will come with time. I have some ideas now, but which one is the best? For example, creating a workflow. Do I want to list a product, sell it, make it, then ship it? Or do I want to list it, create inventory, sell it, then ship it? These are two potentially successful workflows, but which one works for me? There are numerous pros and cons to each, and I won’t know my preference until I really get out there and do it. This goes for many other aspects as well. How do I want to advertise? How do I advertise? Who do I advertise to? What do I advertise? Which product?
When I spoke to Kathy about these problems I was facing and wondering which solution is best for me, she told me that she had a similar experience when she first began her business, and even today she is trying new things. For example, charging customers. As her skill increased, she felt that her price needed to too, but what about clients that she had always done their photos for $50? It’s hard to suddenly expect them to start pays $150, isn’t it?
Tomorrow, we are shooting a house exterior and a business headshot. I hope to expand my knowledge on these topics that I focused on today tomorrow as well.