kids playing leap frog near lakeWho doesn’t love a summer’s day? How about a warm evening when you can walk around without a sweater on? As we reach the mid-point to the summer season, it’s time to showcase all the summer goodness. Think about all the fun summertime activities you can be capturing: swimming, hiking, camping, bar-b-queuing, squirt gun fights, eating watermelon, riding bikes, flying kites, walking the dogs, playing Frisbee, listening to a concert at the local park, going to the county fair, licking an ice cream cone, drinking a cold beverage on a patio … just to name a few.

There’s more daylight hours, so use the longer day to get out of the office and go for an evening stroll. Oh the joys of summer!

How to play along

Snap and share your pics on Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Towards the end of the week your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

What to suggest a photo prompt for a future Seen From A Different Angle weekly challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Last week we explored a composition concept and we are continuing to train our creative eye this week with another composition exercise. This week we are playing with negative space. Negative space plays nicely with the rule of thirds. As you can see from the surfer girl below, she’s on the third, the horizon is on the upper third and the rest of the image is … well… negative space. That’s the cool thing about negative space, it is not distracting. It allows the subject, in this case the surfer girl, to draw our attention first then to the waves and sea bird.

billabong surfer girl torrance beach california

You can use negative space to help your viewer hone in on your main subject.

Shooting tip

How to create negative space you’re wondering? Shoot up using the sky as your blank canvas to eliminate distracting background items or shoot down, using a table surface or ground to help minimize the clutter. Further, you can change your angle of view. Stand on a chair or get down on your knees or lay down to see if you can create more negative space. Don’t forget you can move your feet. Sometime just backing up a few feet can allow you to create a more powerful composition.

A current trend

If you’ve noticed any food magazines or food ads you’ll notice that the trend is to shoot from above showing a tablescape rather than the side view. The table surface is a blank canvas so that we’re draw into the food.

How to Play Along

I’m looking forward to seeing your negative space images on Instagram. Snap and share it with hashtag #wpmyview. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Towards the end of the week your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

I’m looking forward to seeing how you incorporate the rule of thirds into this week’s composition challenge. Again just like last week, if you are photographing on your phone or a point and shoot, turn on the grid feature. It should be one of your menu features.

Still don’t get what I’m talking about or need more help this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Now go ‘shoot‘ photograph something!

 

 

Since Seen From A Different Angle is a weekly photography prompt and the purpose is to exercise our creative selves, this week we will take a stab at a building block of composition, the rule of thirds.

ocean sunset with shoreline cliffs in dana point california

The idea behind the rule of thirds is that if you were to look at an image, such as the one above and divide it into thirds both horizontally and vertically, this would indicate where visually the subject should be located. For this landscape, the subject is best represented by the horizon line. As you can see below the horizon line sits exactly on the lower third. Another option would have been positioning the cliff on the upper third.

ocean sunset with shoreline cliffs in dana point california

When photographing people or pets, think about putting them on the third as well. Can you see how my cat, Pepper, is positioned on the third?weekly-photo-prompt-rrule-of-thirds-peper-cat-eyes

 

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When shooting your subject up close, try putting their eyes on the third and better yet, put the eye closest to you on a point of intersection. As you can see with Pepper below his eye is on the lower right intersection. These points of intersection are visual power spots. They are the strongest places of interest for those reading a photograph. Yes READING a photograph. Black and white tuxedo cat

Start looking for the thirds whether it’s an ad in a magazine or while your scrolling through images on Instagram, see how and where the subject is placed. Is it on a third? Is it on a power spot? This week might feel more like a creative workout than the last week, but pushing ourselves to learn and see in new ways is exciting.

I’m looking forward to seeing how you tackle this composition challenge. If you are photographing on your phone or a point and shoot, turn on the grid feature (it should be one of your menu features). It’s great for learning how to execute the rule of thirds.

I can’t wait to see all your beautiful compositions on Instagram. Snap and share it with hashtag #wpmyview. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Towards the end of the week your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

Need more help this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy shooting!

 

With summer in full swing here in the northern hemisphere people are venturing out. Are you heading out on a road trip, seeking out a new ice cream shop or taking in a new hiking trail? This week we are pausing to see where we stand.  A simple little reminder to slow down, stop and soak up your surroundings.  So whether you stand in the the pile of paperwork in your office, or in a field of sunflowers, show us where you stand.

Remember to snap and share it on Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Towards the end of the week your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

To kick us off with some photo inspiration yesterday, I took a nice walk with my friend and her adorable Boston terrier along the strand in Manhattan Beach and we paused to snap this image of the three of us.

Would you like to have a creative project each week to get your mind moving? It could be at your fingertips on your phone or a printed guide for your purse or camera bag? You’ll get a confirmation email in your inbox/junk mail confirming you have signed up. Click the URL to confirm and then I’ll know you’re interested. I’m in the process of seeing if there is interest, before whipping all the content, graphics, and layout together.


 

Want to see where others stand? Check out the popular hashtag #whereistand on Instagram.

boston terrier, feet

 

This week marks another July 4th. A day of celebration and a reminder of our independence (plus my dad’s birthday). It’s time to hang the flag up and celebrate. So this week, inspired by the song, we are celebrating American the Beautiful. Whether you are near the purple mountains or the shining sea, this week is all about the majesty of this beautiful country we live in. So get out, look around, take in the your surroundings and find the beauty in your everyday America. Snap it, share it and show off your America.

Remember to post it to Instagram with the hashtag #wpmyview. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Towards the end of the week your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed.july 4th celebration americana houseI’m working on a book filled with 52 ways to be creative. It will have creative tips and other inspirational things. Interested? You’ll get a confirmation email in your inbox/junk mail confirming you have signed up. Click the URL to confirm and then I’ll know you’re interested.


 

  • Vic Johansson - July 2, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    Cool idea!