Photography Tips


Rule of thirds
Resizing images
Red Eye effect
Taking better pictures
Landscape Photo Tips

Rule of thirds
The Rule of Thirds is a guideline that photographers use to help them compose, center and frame their photographs. According to the rule of thirds, a frame can be divided into nine equal sections by dividing the space with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. Framing the center, the lines will produce four corners points, known as “power points” .

A photographer should then orient the central focus of his picture at or in the middle of any of these four power points. The effect of the resulting picture will change depending on where the subject is placed. If the subject is located at one of the top corners, the image will take on a stronger, more imposing tone. Conversely, an image centering on either of the bottom two power points will appear more demure, mysterious and secretive.

The image can also be located in the direct center of all four power points. If this is the case, the final picture will appear more balanced and direct.

By applying and manipulating the rule of thirds, a photographer can make his photos more artistic, adding a remarkable degree of dynamism and dimension


Resizing Images
Without using a photo editing program you can still resize your images to send as email attachments or load on a website. Here's how.

Using Windows:

1. Open the folder containing your images (My Documents/My Pictures)

2. Right click the image you want sent to email,and left click 'send to'

3. Click Mail Recipient

4. Choose size you want sent and attach.

Resizing photos for Trademe: above then :Send the photos to your own email address.

6.Open your e-mail program, & Receive your e-mails

7.Save the attachments into My Documents/Trademe

Using Google's Picasa can be downloaded for free from

1. Holding down the ctrl key on the keyboard, left click each image you want to send so that they show up in the photo tray

2. Click the Email button


Red-Eye Effect
Red-Eye Effect refers to the way in which a subject’s eyes tend to turn red in certain pictures. Red eye will appear in pictures if the camera’s flash hits eye’s retina or if the subject’s iris doesn’t have enough time to sufficiently contract. While this phenomenon can be irritating to photographers, ophthalmologists use it regularly to conduct eye exams, specifically centered on the retina.

People with grey or blue eyes tend to suffer from the red-eye effect more because of the decreased amount of melanin in their irises. Less melanin allows more light to pass into the retina. The more light that hits the retina, the more likely that the subject will have red eyes in the resulting photo.

A photographer can reduce the chances of the red-light effect by using the bounce flash or refraining from using the flash altogether, if at all possible. However, if the photo is afflicted with the red-eye effect, a photographer can still get rid of it. Using computer software like Photoshop, a photographer or graphic designer can edit his pictures in a variety of ways, including eliminating the red-eye effect.

However, most instant photostores the kiosks have red eye removal at a click of a button so do not worry.

Taking better pictures

Perspective and Composition Part 1


Controlling the Camera Part 2




Landscape Tips