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Composition - Part 3
Rules vs. Guidelines

Many of the so-called rules of composition should be considered as guidelines. They are based on recreating similarities in the make-up of many different images that many people have found to be esthetically-pleasing. These rules of composition or a design need not be taken as a hard and fast rule that must be observed.

Some renowned photographs violate all the rules of composition and are still excellent pictures. This doesn't mean that the rules are without value. They are time-proven, and provide great guidelines for photographers at any level. We use them all the time.

FOLLOW THE RULES UNTIL YOU KNOW WHEN TO BREAK THEM

By religiously observing the principles of composition, they will become firmly cemented in your mind. Employing them will become second nature to you.

Once you have the rules of composition down pat, experiment and break a rule here or there when you feel the image will work better without it. Thatís called individual style, and the creativity that stems from it produces some great images.

The point is that you will know when to break a rule of composition once you know what the rules are and how they work.


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Pocketwizard

Lighting : a new direction....


FEBRUARY 16, 2009-   New developments in digital cameras were progressing at a very exciting rate in the first half of this decade and continue to evolve with better features.   That progress has been supplemented with leaps in the new realm of lighting controls - particularly regarding wireless triggers for remote flashes.

The revolution began a year ago with prototypes from an independent photographer /inventor adding range and functionality to the infra-red systems developmed by the two largest camera manufacturers - Canon and Nikon.

Recently, some interesting counters have appeared from two other suppliers in the business - including the latest response from the venerable Pocket Wizards.  Here's a few links of interest introducing exciting new products in wireless flash technology.

Hi-speed radio-assist-IR controlled flash from a creative independent.

Upcoming commander providing on-camera control to varous studio monolights.

New technology just revealed from the stalwart of the remote wireless trigger industry.

First book from Kelowna Photographer

FEBRUARY 9, 2009 - Colour me proud. The first book filled completely with my photography has recently come off the presses. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fine layout created by Mary Suchocki in a hard-covered book. Unlikely to be seen on store bookshelves, it's a publication designed to showcase the fine commercial construction available from Chriscan Construction of Kelowna.

These images I shot can also be viewed online in the web galleries I created on this fine client's website Chriscan.com along with some updated text pages and indexes.

Kelowna Photographer - I shoot to thrill