Isolating the Subject is the Trick to Capturing Eye-Catching Photos

Did your well-composed photos earn the appreciation of fellow photographers? You might have experimented with Rule of Thirds, Centred Composition, Leading Lines, Fill the Frame, Pattern & Texture, Rule of Odds, Colour Theory, Frame within a Frame, Simplicity & Minimalism, Rule of Space & Left to Right Rule. Now, let’s understand Isolate the Subject Composition.

How to Use Isolate the Subject

First of all, when should you Isolate the Subject? Well, when you intend to focus all the attention of the viewer to your subject.

Check out the below picture of Hot Chocolate…tantalising, isn’t it?

Isolate the Subject

  • A wide Aperture of f4.5 was used to blur the background
  • Zoom lens of 34 mm was used
  • Both of the above isolated the subject (Hot Chocolate) which in turn help us to focus on the subject.

The below photograph was taken on a Diwali night!

Isolate the Subject

  • A wide Aperture of f5.6, Shutter Speed of 1/40 sec, ISO of 3200 were used
  • Zoom lens of 55 mm was used
  • The background is pitch-dark which instantly draws your eyes towards the earthen lamps

Take a look at the below photograph of a Grey Bush Chat in Binsar, Uttarakhand.

Isolate the Subject

Here’s a picture of a Coppersmith Barbet…

Isolate the Subject

And a snap of a Seashell taken at Ladghar Beach

Isolate the Subject

  • In all of the above 3 pics, wide Aperture was used
  • The blurred background is less distracting
  • The above two resulted in Shallow Depth of Field which makes the subject stand out in the photograph

Protips:

  • Go for a plain & uncluttered background
  • If the background is cluttered or contains unimportant things, if possible, physically move things out of the shot.
  • Keep your subject in focus & blur the background by using wide aperture
  • Move closer to the subject or use a zoom lens

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to Jo.

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Isolate the Subject with the help of practical examples.

Isolate the Subject

Keywords: Basics of Photography, Composition, DSLR Photography for Beginners, DSLR Photography Tutorials, learn DSLR Photography, Isolate the Subject, Bird Photography

Rule of Space & Left to Right Rule: Photographic Composition Techniques

Want to create amazing photographs? Then, experiment with different composition guidelines which include Rule of Thirds, Centred Composition, Leading Lines, Fill the Frame, Pattern & Texture, Rule of Odds, Colour Theory, Frame within a Frame, Simplicity & Minimalism and many more.

How & Why to Use Rule of Space Composition

We all need our space, isn’t it? So do the subjects in our photographs!

Well, Rule of Space means when you’re photographing your subject, there should be more space in front of it than behind it.

For instance, if your subject is placed on the left side of the frame & is facing towards the right. Then, go for Rule of Space Composition – so that it gives you a feeling that your subject is facing into the frame & not out of it.

Another example is when you’re taking a picture of a moving object.

Take a look at the below photograph of the Camel Cart which was taken at the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.

Rule of Space

And here’s a picture of a Boat in the Sea.

Left to Right

You’ll notice that in both the photographs, there is more space in the frame for the Camel Cart/ Boat to move into.

  • As a viewer, we tend to look forward to where our subject is heading. If the camel cart/boat was at the right hand side of the frame, it would lead us out of  the photograph.
  • We can mentally picture that the boat is moving into the space ahead as it sails along the sea.
  • It gives continuity in the picture.

What is Left to Right Rule & Why to Use it

They say that ‘We read an image from Left to Right’ & for this reason – any motion depicted in a picture should flow from left to right.

Left to Right

In the above still, you will see the people & the camel cart moving from the left to the right of the frame.

And check out the truck in the below pic which starts from the left side of the frame and heads towards the right side of the frame.

Left to Right

  • Both the snaps are easy on the eyes.
  • They are pleasant to look at, as we are used to read/look at an image from left to right rather than from right to left.

Well, above is only a guideline…if you’re of the opinion that Right to Left Rule appeals to you, then go ahead & experiment.

After all, Photography is an Art & ART HAS NO RULES.

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to Jo.

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Rule of Space & Left to Right Rule with the help of practical examples.

Left to Right

Keywords: Basics of Photography, Composition, DSLR Photography for Beginners, DSLR Photography Tutorials, learn DSLR Photography, Left to Right Rule, Rule of Space