Hey guys!

Thanks to everyone who has registered for Photography 101 this week! The response has been wonderful, and we’re excited to have you here!

Before I announce the winner of the 50mm lens (thanks to everyone who left comments on that post, by the way!), I thought I’d share a few photos that didn’t make it into the Flea Market Style magazine article I had the pleasure of shooting recently.

Composition is a big part of capturing photos that “feel good”, so I wanted to talk a little bit about the differences between a couple of shots I snapped at the shoot that day. First up, these photos of a bowl of apples:

Composition-wise, both shots are fine, but photo #2 feels stronger to me. In photo #1 you can’t see the apple stems, and while it’s not the end of the world, being able to see the stems really gives the apples more personality. Also, by moving the camera up and looking down a bit, you can see the color inside the bowl, more of the sofa, and there’s more separation between the apples and the items in the bookcase in the background. Pictures are 2D, so any time you can show more depth by changing the perspective, is usually a good idea. There’s also a cool balance effect in photo #2 because of how the visual weight of the pillow in the upper left corner relates to the books filling the lower right corner.

The next two photos show that by simply re-positioning the flowers a little, makes for a fuller-looking arrangement:

The left side of the bouquet in photo #1 shows a closed flower bud and looks a little empty. After a quick flower fluffin’, the left side of photo #2 looks more colorful and full.

I layered the two photos above, to create the photo below, so move your cursor back and forth on and off of it to see how re-positioning the camera, had an effect on photo #2:


Notice how the edges of photo #2 follow the lines in the curtain in the background better. Little adjustments like that will help a shot feel better overall, it just takes a little experimenting and seeing how things look on your LCD screen.

Hope these tips come in handy, and we look forward to sharing more advice in future posts!

The winner of our 50mm lens giveaway is…

Congratulations, Melissa!
We’ll be in touch with you shortly about your prize!

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  • MelissaMacGregor

    Still cannot believe I WON!!!  So exciting.  Thanks Kevin!!

  • Traci @ Beneath My Heart

    Love this post!  Those little changes make a big difference!  My eye was drawn to the #2 picture of the apples.  It was just so much more appealing to look at.  Thanks for pointing out the reasons “why.”

  • Thanks for the tips. Enjoying my new camera so far, but I know I’m going to need to take your course soon (once a few of my projects wrap up!).

  • This is awesome.  I love studying professionally shot photos for composition and perspective (actually hadn’t thought to use that word before — perspective).  Anyway, please do more of these!  I’ll devour them.

  • Lynn Van Slyke

    Just found your site courtesy of Tracie at beneathmyheart.net.  Thanks for the tips, and I am hoping to sign up for your P101 class very soon =) 

    • shootflyshoot

      So nice to e-meet you! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂