Saturday, September 20, 2014

On Photography

It has been a month and half since Dorji sir had us introduced the compositions of photography. He had us taught trouble-free tricks as when to capture and how important it is to have the eyes trained to SEE things. “Eyes are the best camera. Train it!” he instructs. Simultaneously, we went out for handy classes. He along with Pema sir took us to Kanglung Shedra. We were divided into groups of three with a camera each. OMG! How shameful! I could not handle the camera. The pictures came out blur since I had it on in the wrong setting. I had to capture it over again. So pleased I am for making us acquire the skills, where as others study only hypothesis. We the Media Students get to put into practice.

Well, today’s write up is for my associates who are in love with photography. Enjoy J
PHOTO means LIGHT, GRAPHY means DRAW. Photography means to “draw” with “light” Photography is guided by rules of composition. Rules of composition are norms to guide photographers compose with a purpose. I have jotted down few rules and compositions that I think is essential. The basic rules that is effortless to relate.

The Rule of Third: The Rule of Thirds involves dividing the frame into three parts both horizontally and vertically. The main subject is then placed in one of the thirds. These direct the eyes to explore the entire photograph.

Leading Lines: Leading lines techniques exploits the tendency of our eyes to follow a line to its conclusion. No other compositional device influences flow and energy in a photograph like a strong leading line.

Framing Device: Framing is a useful visual technique that focuses attention to the main subject. Any natural or man-made objects that frame the subject can be used as framing device.

Strong Focal Point: Subject is the primary element of the photograph around which the main story is arranged. It should be boldly featured.

Details: Explore the minutiae of the subject. Be observant about the slightest of details.

Angle: Choosing the right angle to convey acceptable meaning.

View point: Getting the perfect scene by changing position. The picture looks better from different spot than being seated at the same set.

 Light: Early morning and evening are the best time to shoot.  It provides the warm low intensity light “golden hour”.

These are the basic technique for capturing improved pictures. Truly hopeful I am that it must have helped you know a bit more on the subject you have been engrossed in. Lastly, let me wrap it up by noting down a few terms that are used in photography, recognized as “Photographic jargons”. These are as follows:  
1. Over-exposed – burnt out pictures.
2. Under exposed – pictures that are darker than they should be.
3. Out-of-focus – Pictures that are blurry.

P.S: The compositions jotted down are abstracted from Dorji sir’s lecture. Grateful I am for having an instructor grand as him. Thank you for dropping in. Please do visit again. Have a wonderful weekend. Oh yeah!  HAPPY BLESSED RAINY DAY. Take care. 


  1. hello leki, i enjoyed reading your article and thanks for sharing those technique as i being a huge fan of photography would like to try on with those techniques. Thanks!!!

    1. Hello Sonam, am glad to have come across a friend who got same interest as mine. Truly hopeful I am, that these might help you know a bit more on the topic. Thank you for dropping in. Please do visit again. Have a wonderful day. Take Care :)

  2. I will try to keep your points Into account when I snap the next photo. .then let me see the effect. Hahaha.nice though.

    1. The pictures will be excellent if you can indeed put it into practice. Trust me, it does work :) Thank you for dropping in, dear TP. Please do visit again. Have a wonderful week ahead. Take Care!


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