x3: Awareness

1) Vary your position and point-of-view

Shoot from a high position (above/the perspective of a bird)

IMG_0279

Aperture: f/9
Exposure time: 1/4000s
ISO: ISO-3200
Focal Length: 28mm
Shot with a 55mm lens

Low position (below/the perspective of a mouse)

IMG_0218

Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure time: 1/4000s
ISO: ISO-3200
Focal Length: 18mm
Shot with a 55mm lens

2) Be aware of composition

Try vertical and horizontal of the same subject/scene

(From left to right)

Photo 1:
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/400s
ISO: ISO-3200
Focal Length: 47mm
Shot with a 55mm lens

Photo 2:
Aperture: f/36
Exposure time: 1/15s
ISO: ISO-3200
Focal Length: 49mm
Shot with a 55mm lens

Be observant of backgrounds and other distractions Think about the “rule-of-thirds” when framing your subject

IMG_0121

Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure time: 1/50s
ISO: ISO-100
Focal Length: 36mm
Shot with a 55mm lens

3) Control the Depth of Field

Use a shallow depth of field where you have a single subject in crisp focus / all else not acceptably sharp

IMG_0196

Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/3200s
ISO: ISO-3200
Focal Length: 55mm
Shot with a 55mm lens

IMG_0103

Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/13s
ISO: ISO-100
Focal Length: 53mm
Shot with a 55mm lens

Use a greater depth of field where everything within the frame is acceptably sharp

 

IMG_0231

Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/2500s
ISO: ISO-3200
Focal Length: 21mm
Shot with a 55mm lens