My First Photo Composition Class

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Education & Training with House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

At the first class, the instructor talked about the Rule of Thirds and filling the frame and crop with your camera (before the shot, not after).  Way too much to include in this post and worthy of enrolling in a class just to see what can be done.  For the second class, next week, we are to bring in some photos for critique.  I looked through some of mine and thought that the photo below is a good one to show 'filling the frame' and diagonals and finding triangles. It was just by chance that I got a depth of field that I like.  Whew!!! 

I will let you know what the instructor and the class thought after the critique.  I would appreciate any of your criticisms now, so that I am prepared for next week.

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Val....beautiful photo.... good for you...now you can teach all of us whatever you learn....

October 26, 2012 06:42 AM
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Valerie Zinger
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Good morning Barb.  Of course it will that little bit that I remember, after I leave the class.  My attention span is great, my memory is another story.....  LOL

October 26, 2012 06:43 AM
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John McCormack
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Morning Val.... Glad you're taking the class and are willing to share your knowledge.  I'm looking forward to your second class :)

October 26, 2012 06:53 AM
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Than Maynard
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Yes, I hope you are taking good notes, so you can share with those of us who simply 'point and shot' and hope for the best!

October 26, 2012 07:24 AM
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Christine Smith
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Valerie...your photography is so beautiful I wouldn't think you'd need a class!!  

October 26, 2012 07:56 AM
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Beth Atalay
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Valerie- Beautiful picture, I'm with Christine, your photography was "perfect" in my eyes!

October 26, 2012 08:55 AM
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Valerie, That is a beautiful photo to take with you. Aren't you just loving your photography class? I found a photography instructor that is excellent and I can't get enough.

October 26, 2012 11:16 AM
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Malcolm Johnston
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That sounds like it would be a very interesting class Valerie. There are probably all kinds of "tricks of the trade" that we'd never think about unless we learned how.

October 26, 2012 01:20 PM
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I think the flower and picture are just beautiful! I am sure there will be praise instead of critique given.

October 26, 2012 05:52 PM
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William Johnson
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Hi Valerie, Congratulations on taking the class. Your illustration photo will be a good one to take to class. It would be interesting what the instructor says about this photo. I can't imagine very much negative, if any.
October 26, 2012 10:27 PM
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Valerie Zinger
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John:  Next Tuesday I will be ready for some criticism.  How else do you learn?

Than:  I will definitely share.

Christine:  XX OO XX

Thanks you Beth.  We will see what is said on Tuesday.

Debbie:  This guy is so enthusiastic.  There are three people in the class who follow him from course to course.  I may become a Gilles groupie myself.

October 27, 2012 06:13 AM
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Valerie Zinger
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Malcolm:  I want to know those secrets.

Sussie:  Well, it would be nice to get compliments but what can I do to make it better?

William:  It is a class critique so I expect the other students to have something to say.  I will let you know.

October 27, 2012 06:15 AM
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Valerie - this photo is perfectly framed and an excellent choice for your next class! Don't you love when your camera captures the perfect depth of field without you doing anything?! Many of my best photos where luck, not technical knowledge of my camera, lol. Best of luck and can't wait to see your future work!

October 27, 2012 08:34 AM
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Shar Sitter
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I love when the background is out of focus and the item being captured is in fine detail. Love it!

October 27, 2012 07:41 PM
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Valerie Zinger
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Just a quick update after the class.  The instructor did not leave enough time for us to present our photos for comments so I have nothing to report.  I do love the clematis and the wood and the angles.  Really, the photo is for me so I will just continue to enjoy it.  

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