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.

25 Jan



wedding makeup sydney

You will probably not be doing your own bridal makeup, but there are a few things you can do to help the artist who does your makeup for the big day.

  • A makeup trial is expected these days; you might want to try a few different options. Wearing a top that is the same colour as your wedding dress will give you a good idea on how the dress and makeup will look together.
  • If you haven’t done so already, search for some ideas online and show images of what you like to the makeup artist.
  • Some makeup artist used to allow pre-wedding photography at the makeup trial, but many found this didn’t really work out very well and no longer allow it. Taking a photo for later reference is probably a good idea.
  • If you are looking into artificial tanning remember to discuss it up with the makeup artist, and probably the dress maker. If your skin is a shade darker on the day it might change the whole look that the dress and makeup were aiming at.
  • Look into some good healthy ways to improve your skin for your big day. By this we mean good diet and exercise. As these things tend to be beneficial for your health in general you might want to keep up the good habits.
  • Remember that lighting will affect the look of you makeup. Most makeup artists and photographers are savvy to this, using non-reflective/matt foundation and flash photography where appropriate. It doesn’t hurt to raise the matter in advance.
  • Talk to the artist about what you might do with nail polish. It is a little counter-intuitive but when you have an elaborate dress the nail polish tends to be better if it doesn’t stand out. As with everything all the elements need to be co-ordinated.
  • If you are wearing jewellery, as most brides do, remember to factor this in, at least be showing a few photos to the dress and makeup designers.
  • Ask about a touch-up kit for the day; maintenance is important.