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It was probably taken on Automatic on a very dull day so the quality isn't close to what you chaps put up, I'm trying to learn about framing a picture though and thought the experts would point out the mistakes. Annoyed me that I could have got a good, quirky picture here and ended up with a dull wonky one.

 

I can see what I think some of the problems are. On both of them the sea looks like it's rolling downhill, so that's wrong. The second lower angle one should probably have been the one I zoomed in on and got just sky, rather than that tiny bit of sea that adds nothing. If I'd not zoomed on the first one and taken it at a little higher angle I could probably have had the "thirds" I hear about, with the rock, then the sea, then the sky....and also more depth of field with the surf and rocks behind.

 

I struggle to keep in mind just this basic sort of stuff, before i start fiddling with Aperture and shit

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....or am i worrying about the wrong stuff? Do the pros ignore all that, just make sure the settings are right inside the camera and then take dozens of pics to cover all the angles and allowing for cropping later without a thought for the stuff I've asked about?

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....or am i worrying about the wrong stuff? Do the pros ignore all that, just make sure the settings are right inside the camera and then take dozens of pics to cover all the angles and allowing for cropping later without a thought for the stuff I've asked about?

 

Haha god no! You're right to think about these things as that's what helps make great images... you construct the scene rather than taking loads of images from various angles etc and hope for the best.

 

I'd have said to put the bottom image in landscape format with the bird on the left 3rd looking in to the empty space on the right... it doesn't matter a lot about 3rds etc if you have such a tight crop. In fact I'd say stop taking portrait orientation pics and do more in landscape orientation first as I think the rule of thirds is much easier to apply this way.

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Haha there's no harm in trying portrait too but tbh I shoot probably 95% in landscape. Portraits don't give enough context of the surrounding area IMO and are for tight crops... however not a lot of shots suit a tight crop, so it's about learning how to do it and when which takes time. Landscape orientation will probably see you getting better results at this point

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