Essential Rules of Basic Photography Toby

Rule of Thirds

Frame your image with the subject off center it's more pleasing to the eye and appears more natural than placing the subject in the center.

Rule of Thirds

His face is what catches your attention right away. No area is under or over exposed, it is all settled just right, and the subject is in main focus, very clean and soft. The DOF is just perfect, it is just right, nothing really has to change.

Rule of Thirds

The lighting is so soft and just spot on, it’s not all over her face, its perfect which creates a balance. Leaving in color was the best option, which works with with the whole not in center aspect, and makes it a really nice picture.

Add the definition for the category - Declutter the background, zoom in tight to eliminate background "distractions", or change your angle so your subject remains the focus of the image.


You do not have to look for the subject because its zoomed in to the subject and is given full attention. No area is under or over exposed because it is focused and zoomed in on the subject so there is no space for anything else. The focus is sharp and soft, it gives it a great feeling due to the focus. The DOF is just perfect, no need for a change, angle works with the DOF and gives it an amazing finish. The lighting was great that day as seen in the pictures because it worked great with the models and there poses along with there face. I say that the color was the best option although it would still look good in black and white, but it really works out with the color. In these photos the subject is either in the middle or far right, which are spots that worked with all the aspects that were pointed out.

Leading Lines

Use architectural lines - walls, fences, roads, or any lines to lead the eye through the photograph and draw attention toward the main subject.

Leading Lines

The leading lines are what get most of your attention. There is no shadow areas in the picture, the lighting is just great and it blends in with the whole aspect of color, it all balances out. Also the focus point is great, and the face of the subject is not to zoomed it or to zoomed out.

Leading Lines

The DOF is just great, when it comes to working with the leading lines. It all just works out together which then allows the whole placing the subject off the center not look bad and just go well with the leading lines. In all creating a great picture with great factors that were desired which help make it such a great picture.

Create a sense of movement by adding active space (the area your subject is facing) and eliminating dead space (the area behind your subject).


I see a lot of space somewhere in the photo, yet I can see the subject with great perception because the space blends in with the the subject. The space is not over exposed, it would be if the space was way to much and if had things in the back. The main subject is in focus and sharp, so it looks good with the space that takes up the rest of the picture. The DOF is just right, they are focused just right in a very good position that not to much or to little, i works just right. As well with the lighting, in each photo the light bends in nicely with the subject and the the space as well. The color would be more preferred, although it would look good in black in white, I believe that the space in the back and its color really help the subject come out very nice. In most of my pictures the rule of thirds is used or also the subject is right in the middle, both work well because the background is a single color or blurred out which gives it a marvelous look.


- Toby

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