PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION FOR ANIMALS – Dog Photography Composition Brilliance Can Be Found Here

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION FOR ANIMALS – Dog Photography Composition Brilliance Can Be Found Here


Hi everybody hi I’m coming to
you today with a pineapple on my head can you see it can you see the pineapple
after the emotional roller coaster that was the last video which we’re going to
just put in the drawer of things that happened and we just leave them there I’m
gonna be talking to you today about the most important thing about photography
and that is composition I also just want to say something today which is super
important it is Mother’s Day well happy Mother’s Day to all of the
mothers but also I would like to just think about and also send my absolute
honest love to the people today who were supposed to be mothers and then had that
privilege that loved that joy taken away from them in some way shape or form it
is s**t and just thinking of you today if you can’t get a good composition on
your photographs your photographs will always look a bit naff now I’ve seen
loads of photographs recently all over the internet including on Facebook and
on blogs and even on stock sites that just do not have good compositions
so what I’m going to talk to you about today basically is the absolute
fundamental rules of composition when it comes to photographing pets and people
portraits action that kind of thing some of them
you know the main point to note really is that these are rules and rules are in
my opinion always meant to be broken but you’re only allowed to break rules
if you know how to use them and how to follow them so let’s start with the
basics because the main rule that everybody should know and should be
following is the rule of thirds now rules are meant to be broken as I have
mentioned but the rule of thirds essentially works like this so you’ve
got a picture and you divide your image / camera / screen into a beautiful grid
where you’ve got equal thirds that’s vertical thirds and
horizontal thirds which leaves you with nine squares although usually they’re
rectangles unless you’re shooting in a square crop which is rare – in this kind
of a situation when you’ve got these squares and you end up with four
intersecting points now these points essentially are what you want to put
your subject on if you do that and that’s all you do your photographs will
already have a lift however kind of Rule two when it comes to using the
rule of thirds is that you should always use your space 2/3, because if you think
about it your subject is on one of those third lines, so you’ve got two gaps
basically where there’s nothing, you want to leave the space to the side that the
subject is either looking into or moving into take it like this for example I’m
kind of at one side of this screen aren’t I really I’m at this side of the
screen if I was to look this way the general – apart from my awful skin at the
moment – the general composition of that shot – distracting background removed – the
general composition of this shot is okay like I’m looking into the space and
therefore the space looks good if contrastingly
I was to look to the other side like this your brain just can’t work it
out it’s like well hang on a minute she’s looking this way
why do I not have space here and actually have all of the space here this
makes no sense so sometimes you’ve got a situation where your subject is facing
this way but looking that way that’s where you’re going to have a trouble
because you don’t know where to go – as a general rule you want to be leaving the
space to the side that your subject is looking into – and also moving into
theoretically when do you break that rule, when do you
break the rule of thirds? usually you would break the rule of
thirds if you have got a powerful center shot of which I will add one here or
when you’re using leading lines so when you’re using leading lines that’s
different – now I don’t really shoot with leading lines but I’ll try and include
an example of one of my pictures that uses them here so what this aims to
achieve basically is you use lines that are in the environment to point
at your subject so you basically use those lines to form it – they don’t have
to be straight lines they could be curved lines they could be a path they
could be a tree branch doing something it doesn’t really matter the point of it is to
use lines to point at something that’s the only time when really you would want
to be breaking rule of thirds most of the time because usually that is a very
strong image if it goes to the center theoretically – the next composition rule
which I personally use a lot because my work is mainly quite commercial so it’s
about the subject rather than everything else that’s going on so I don’t really
have any nice backgrounds to highlight in my beautiful photographs so I focus
on the subject instead and the crops that I would use for that basically
leave equal space above and below the subject if you’re doing a
portrait situation – it’s very different if you’re further away and then you
would want probably to put your subject in the bottom third looking with space
like looking above – that’s your ideal in that situation I’m gonna be including
the examples of these because this is very hard to explain without visual aids
and my visual aids are always useful the next super trick and when it comes
to composition my unbroken rule I think I believe it’s unbroken and something
that I always taught my students back in the past is body part crops so with body
part crops basically what we mean by a body part crop is if
you’ve taken a shot we do not have the luxury as pet and animal photographers
to keep full control of our individual subject at all times
so sometimes you may – usually in an action shot – have your dog flying at the
camera at speed and you might accidentally crop off part of the paw
for example – if you crop off a toenail like a little toe nail or a toe and even
to a certain extent half of a foot you’re gonna want to go ahead and chop
that in half way up the leg and there is a reason for this – again psychological –
our brains put together images and we like images where our brains can make
sense of them if we chop a toe off we’re wondering what happened to the toe
whereas if we cut off – and this is the trick – slightly above a
joint your brain is fine with it weirdly I’m going to show you something to
illustrate this so we’re going to chop off a toe and it doesn’t make sense and
then we’re gonna chop off above a major joint and this is a thing – a major joint –
you could say to me well there are joints in the toes – irrelevant – you want
to be chopping off slightly past a major joint so we’re going to be going like
here or here – don’t do the shoulder theoretically the scapula is important
to the dog here – so yeah major joints chop off above them so you’ve
taken the shot you’re too close to the toe you’ve chopped the toe you chopped
half the foot off – just kind of lop it off somewhere above the foot – or
somewhere above the knee but above the foot works best always looks better
literally always I’d love for someone to prove me wrong right now try it – just try –
and then the final tip really in this a quick rundown of compositional
brilliance is to leave space for the subject to breathe some people love to
crop super-close some people love to crop quite far away everybody has their
own style and that’s fine you need to not crop in so tight that it feels like
the subjects being squished but at the same time you also don’t want to crop in
too wide so it makes you feel like the subjects being lost in that particular
scene or image that’s kind of important I mean I see somewhere it’s a bit too
far away and for my personal tastes because this is just a personal taste if
it feels like the subject is too small in the frame that’s because your
composition or other things in the scene are off so always just be careful of
that I’m not going to go into things like background analysis and an angles
to shoot at and all sorts of other different things because that’s in a
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longer – that’s it for today super-short super sweet and I’m going to take my
pineapple and go and chill and try not get coronavirus – if you’re in a country that is struggling with coronavirus at the
moment which basically is the whole world I mean I can’t do much to help you
in the actual situation but I’m gonna try and help you improve your
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5 thoughts on “PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION FOR ANIMALS – Dog Photography Composition Brilliance Can Be Found Here

  1. Love your videos. I subscribed last night as Im upgrading my Lightroom and Photoshop skills during our mandatory quarantine. Im looking toward volunteering to take photographs of shelter dogs and using my skills to help the agencies find them homes. Much love for you and the great work you do in helping others.

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