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  •  Thanks Craig (7+ / 0-)

    and Phoenix.

    Thought I knew a little bit about composition, knew to have the object off center, didn't know the 1/3's.  THe rest is new info, I might learn something yet.

    I have a mono-pod / hiking stick, it's actually helped on some longer shots.  I used it for a brace on some shots from a moving rail car, with shutter speeds well above 1/2000, no indication of movement or vibration...

    Daughter and I want to sign up and take a basic photo course at the local community college, but, one of the pre-reqs is having a digital SLR.  aargh, I'm not quite ready$ to give up my old SLR yet...

    •  Monopods are very helpful for wildlife (8+ / 0-)

      Sometimes a tripod can be constraining when shooting wildlife and only becomes necessary when you are shooting with the really big lenses, like a 400mm f/2.8, 500mm or 600mm f/4 or an 800mm f/5.6. For smaller telephotos and super telephotos, a monopod can be a better choice for freedom of movement and comes in quite handy pulling double duty as a hiking stick.

      As for investing in a DSLR, you can get some very nice entry level bodies with the kit lens for $500-600. Nikon has the D3000 with kit lens and Canon the Rebel T3 and Rebel XS with kit lens for under $600.

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      by craigkg on Thu May 05, 2011 at 12:56:56 PM PDT

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    •  Dividing in to thirds (9+ / 0-)

      The rule of thirds is common in painting as well as photography.  Many cameras place auto-focus sensors in those locations to ease your composition efforts; you can use the AF sensor markers in the view screen to guide your composition.

      When composing images in a landscape, you will often find yourself placing the main subject at one of the top third points with a leading line or curve that passes through the opposite lower third (e.g. top left to bottom right).

      This isn't a rigid rule, though.  I would rather have a stream passing out of the image at the very bottom one third of the way in to the image, or off the side of the image one third of the way up than have it pass off the corner of the image having passed through the one-third/one-third point.  And there are some images where centering, either completely or in one or the other dimension actually enhances the image.  (E.g. a lake reflection where you want the top and bottom matching closely to enhance the symmetry of the scene.)

      This image shows all of these features - sun in the upper left third, top of the opposite sea stack in the upper right, rock strand leading through both lower third points third and exiting the page off the side near the third point, and reflection breaking the rule placed at the halfway point.  Also notice that even though the rock strand stays within the lower 1/3 region, it has a diagonal leading line effect.

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      by Phoenix Rising on Thu May 05, 2011 at 02:07:09 PM PDT

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