Subject Placement in Wildlife Photography

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If you break it down to the basics, all the composition guidelines in photography has to do with where you place your subject in the frame.

In today’s video I chat about exactly this and how it can influence the look and feel of your images.

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As mentioned in the video, here are a few examples.

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This is a classic example of leaving space on the right of the frame for the subject to ‘look and move’ into.

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Even though I wanted to shoot the image with a portrait orientation I still shifted my subject away from the middle and slightly to the left to leave space for him to look into.

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By placing the subject in the bottom left hand corner I have left space for her to ‘look’ diagonally across the frame begging the question of ‘what is she looking at?’

The rule of thirds is a great starting point and is a great help when you are starting out but don’t get too stuck on the rules.  Once you get more comfortable with the technical and basic compositional aspects of photography, such as where you place the subject in the frame, don’t shoot for what you think is right but rather for what feels right!

If you haven’t yet you can check out the posts on Subject Separation and Orientation by clicking on the links.

Have a great weekend and we’ll look at another composition video tip next week Friday!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt 

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