07 Mar

A Neatly Proportioned Subject

When we see photos we respond to them intuitively. Some images look great, some look poor, many are somewhere in between. There are many reasons for the difference in aesthetic quality, including colour, sense of depth, a sense of scale, perspective, and even our familiarity with the subject. One of the most noticeable aspects of a good image is loosely referred to as ‘balance; or ‘proportion’; think of how big the main subject is and where it stands in relation to the framing of the image.

We automatically like an image that is neatly proportioned. Getting this right goes a long way to producing good photographic results.

Using either the ‘golden ratio’ or the ‘rule of thirds’ (which are mathematically related) helps us get a neatly proportioned images. If we divide our photographic frame into 9 equal rectangles (the rule of thirds) and position our subject accordingly we quickly see how this can help produce pleasing proportions.

The golden ratio method of balance can be approximated by making the centre rectangle of the ‘rule of thirds’ slightly smaller than the surrounding rectangles. Some prefer this look.

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A professional wedding photographer has long since learned to intuitively find a well-balanced, well-proportioned shot. There is a lot of room for variation and personal style, but good images almost always neatly fit into the ‘rule of thirds’ frame. Occasionally this is deliberately broken in order to achieve a certain effect, but even then we tend to notice that the photo is both unusual and pleasing.

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The best wedding photographer will spend a lot on time and effort learning to frame a photo, or in cropping the images afterwards to similar effect. This is not to underestimate the many other aspects of the best wedding photography, but neatly proportioning the subject matter is one fundamental element of a pleasing image.

18 Jan

wedding cakes Sydney

Like other aspects of wedding a wedding cake owes something to both art and tradition.  There is a tension here, but probably a good one. Art never exists in a vacuum. Rather, it makes something new out of the materials and influences of the past. A wedding cake can be original by using domestic and foreign traditions and the personal history of the happy couple. Any design that the couple finding appealing is worth considering.

As with everything we should consider what happens in the long term. How will the photo of the wedding cake look? I do hear a few people talk about how the cake tasted, but far more people talk about how it was decorated. This is reinforced by the number of people who latter see the wedding photos. The cake is meant to look good.

Of course the design should be remembered for all the right reasons; it should be impressive. Many people are still reasonably young when they marry, and may hold iconoclastic views, or still be attached to some passing fad. Consider how the photos of the cake (and of the whole wedding) will look in a few years’ time. The last thing you want is something that makes you cringe. If in doubt it is better to be a little more conservative. And remember that the idea is to be artistic and maybe a little innovative, not outrageous and countercultural.

In reality most people don’t design a wedding cake from scratch; they look at various other designs and ask for a few changes to be made. This is not a bad approach.

If the cake looks too good to eat, you’ve probably doing something right. Remember, this is supposed to be a once in a lifetime event; you don’t get a second chance. Feel free to be a little indulgent.

A Few Point to Remember:

– Make arrangements for your cake several months in advance.

–Beware of the weather. You might need to talk to the cook if the cake is to will survive a hot summer day.

–Find a tablecloth, table and decorations that match, compliment or somehow suit the cake.

–Some venues charge a ‘cutting fee’, ostensibly to cover the cost of extra plates and cutlery for cake. $2.oo per head isn’t unusual.

–The group that makes the cake should delivery it. Delivery is a tricky job, and mistakes are unthinkable!

–Some individuals may wish to keep their piece of cake. Little boxes are preferable to folded napkins (that remind you of children’s birthday parties). Unfortunately there is no way to know these things in advance.

–  Arrange for some really great photos of the cake.