Just A Snapshot...

Here’s a photo of my goofy cat, Malley. You can get a general sense that this duck is in grave danger, but the photo is not really dramatic. There’s too much floor space and you don’t really understand just how vicious this cat can be. Using Kodak’s tip, “Get Down on Their Level” , I can make some huge improvements to how I capture this event… Close your eyes, here, kids. This next shot is in mid-slaughter. It’s ugly but that’s nature at work – the meat eaters eat smaller animals made of meat…

Move your mouse over the photo (or tap on the left side of the photo on a tablet).

This is just a snapshot (Hover over this photo!) Now it's a photograph!

But Wait - There's More!

Notice how getting down to Malley’s level, I was able to really capture the drama to bring you into the action and share with you the ugly reality of keeping such a predator in your home? This is also a good time to notice how I used the Rule of Thirds to compose this photo. You’ll want to do this in your mind’s eye as you take each photo. We don’t actually use lines…

Don't forget to use... ...the Rule of Thirds to compose your photograph!

Some Resources:

There are many resources online that will help you make the transformation from snapshot to photograph. By no means was this a comprehensive attempt as I've only used two of the ten listed on the Kodak Top 10 Photography Techniques site. In addition to the others, check out this list of sites with further techniques.

Kodak Top 10 Photography Techniques
http://www.kodak.com/global/en/corp/top10tips/index.jhtml
Kodak Advanced Photography Techniques
http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=317/10032&pqlocale=en_AU&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=4056
National Gallery of Art: Photo Op
http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/photoop.htm
The SLR Camera Simulator
http://camerasim.com/camera-simulator/
The SLR Camera Explained
http://camerasim.com/slr-camera-explained/
Focus. Frame. Shoot.
http://old.pomona.edu/Academics/courserelated/classprojects/Visual-lit/intro/intro.html
PhotoK12.org - Photography Lessons and Ideas
http://photok12.org/?q=taxonomy/term/1

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© 2012. Pete MacKay. No, you may not use photos of my cat for your own project.