Photography is a Blessing

This week is an awesome week because it is all about photography! I started taking pictures as a little girl with a point and shoot film camera. In high school I took a photography class and moved up to a DSLR film camera. I really enjoyed that class and even won an award and had my picture posted in the local newspaper. Once digital cameras were priced low enough I jumped at buying one and immediately fell in love with the speed of taking a picture. I have way too many pictures of my family and our adventures, some pictures are better than others, but they are all a blessing in my life.

Leading Lines

Picture of a road heading toward Mount Hood
By Patricia Thorpe Gomm

Pat Gomm is a good friend who professionally takes pictures and I just love her work. I have a picture of the Twin Falls Temple that she took on the wall in my living room. As I searched her website for photos to use this one of Mount Hood was perfect for the leading lines example.

As you can see all the lines point towards Mt. Hood causing your eyes to race to the very top of the mountain. I also like the jet lines in the sky that also help to move your eyes around the photograph.

By Heather Johnson

I took this on a trip to Boise, Idaho.

The lines of the road draw your through the picture on a journey through a gorgeous spring day. The clouds also create lines as they look staggered down the depth of the picture.

Depth of Field

Newborn baby with mom
By Tara Jugler

My little sister is a fantastic birth photographer! Her work amazes and inspires me. She often uses depth of field to quiet the backgrounds of photos so all we focus on is the new little baby.

Hello squishy new baby! When I look at this photo my eyes land directly on you, then they scan over to your glowing mama, and then finally I glance at the background. Using depth of field helps us to know where to focus our eyes, because the unfocused area becomes white space in your photograph where your eyes can rest.

By Heather Johnson

For days my irises were taunting me, buds but no blooms and I really wanted to use one for this project. Finally on Friday morning several finally popped open.

Using depth of field with my iris helps to draw attention to the details on the petals. If the background wasn’t blurred the photograph would be too busy and you would have to really focus on the iris to appreciate it’s details. Blurring the background creates a nice contrast which adds rather than detract from the photo.

Rule of Thirds

Pregnancy picture taken with the Perrine Bridge in the background.
By Heather Melton

Heather, is another very talented friend of mine who does mostly family photography. She has a passion for creating unique photos that capture the personality of her subjects. I’m lucky to call her my friend, the subject of this photo is another friend and I couldn’t resist using a photo that celebrates both of them.

I know Heather took her time taking this photography because the Perrine bridge in the background is horizontal and this is often hard to do in this spot along the river. I also love how Jenny is on the right side while the bridge holds the focus on the left. Heather also uses depth of field in this picture because Jenny is in focus while the bridge is blurred. This also adds weight to Jenny and exaggerates the rule of thirds.

By Heather Johnson

Shoshone Falls is amazing this year! When we went this time the mist was being blown straight up and falling down on us like rain. If you zoom up and focus on my coat you can see all the water droplets.

For the rule of thirds I am over on the right side of the photo with the falls taking up the left side of the photo. There is depth of field as the falls are not focused, along with the leading lines of the handrail that is heading down to the lookout, all of these principles used together help to create the feeling of massiveness from the falls.

In Conclusion

Keeping the principles of leading lines, the rule of thirds, and depth of field help to add contrast, interest, and white space to photographs which increases the quality of your photography. I’ve found that when I focus on using at least one of these while taking a photo that I will often end up with more of them in my photograph. It does take a little extra thought to think through and plan how I’m going to achieve the look that I desire. However, I’ve learned that it is time well spent! Taking a few moments to plan my shots helps me to capture what I wanted and brings fulfillment.

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