Enhancing the focal point

JJWP273The focal point is the point of interest. In the picture on the right, the focal point is the boat, its pointed triangular tip and overall geometric shape. The eyes will rest there, then they will scan the secondary points of interest – the horizon, the blue sky, the clear waters, the sand and the shade. My favorite online photography instructor Darren Rowse shares some techniques to enhance the focal point in an image in his article Using Focal Points in Photography. These tips include position, focus, blur, size, color and shape. He says that combining these elements can work well to emphasize the subject. Just go over the short article for his brief descriptions on these elements. In nearly 200 posts (this is the 197th) since I started this blog two months ago, I have been sharing the basics, fundamentals and components of composition from articles and information I have come across the internet. Composition is crucial. And it is the easiest to learn, with a little bit of patience and practice. However we should not treat composition as the be all and end all of photography. We should not let it hamper creativity, discovery and experimentation. The techniques of composition are not rules but guideposts handed down, tried and tested by the learned masters before us. Even the masters are a bit vague on what composition is all about. The great Ernst Hass said: “My theory of composition? Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right.” The point is – everything will feel just right when you know how to compose. (Photo location: Guimaras Island)


2 responses

  1. Checked out Darren’s site … and signed up – thanks.

    December 28, 2012 at 4:06 am

    • Junsjazz

      Oh, good for you Lynne!

      December 29, 2012 at 2:09 am

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