Zoom, Framing, Composition

I bought a nice camera a few years ago.  I studied photography by myself with the help of some photography books.  I stick with basics still.  Rule of thirds, appropriate depth of field and so on…

I went to the beach today and snapped some photos.  Some of them came out good but not others.  I can not make up my mind about which shot I like the best.



or C:

The fisherman clearly disappears more the wider I make the shot.  I guess that if I wanted the fisherman to be the focus of attention then one of the closer shots would be best.  I know that I mentioned rule of thirds above and didn’t stick to it so well in these shots but such is life.

I need some help with my photography.  Some of my best shots just achieve a visceral feeling.  I can’t describe why I like it, I just do.  Some other shots that I take I can describe clearly why I like them.  Should I be able to explain what makes a photo good?

The same is true in reverse.  Some photos are just bad.  I don’t know why but I just don’t like them.  Others are bad but I know why.  I like to use those as learning experiences.  I see what mistakes I feel I am making so that I don’t make them again in the future.  I find that when I can slow down and take my time, I get better shots.  When I am travelling, like I was today, I dont always have time to “think” about the shot before I take it.

I guess what I am asking you is:

  1. Which shot do you like best and why?
  2. What do you do to help take better pictures faster?



One Comment to “Zoom, Framing, Composition”

  1. Adriana 24 February 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    thanks for share!