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.

11 Apr


For at least two generations we have been told that the old gender roles were obsolete. And we concluded that gender neutrality was the new norm. Truth be told those old gender roles probably are well and truly out of touch and out of date. But we are still trying to discover what the new roles are; they probably have a lot to do with all of us being more individual, which means there will be few if any common threads between people of the same gender. That being said, if we approach marital relationships in a gender neutral way, if we approach relationships as best friends rather than marital partners, we end up with a roommate rather than a lover. There is a masculine/feminine difference, even if the best philosophers and neuroscientists in the works have never been able to adequately put this distinction into words. And if we lose that difference we lose the masculine/feminine tension and attraction, which is the whole reason why we were attracted to the relationship in the first place. Political correctness is adherence to someone else’s ideas, whether it is traditional gender roles or modern misconceptions that confuse equality with neutrality. We will have to figure out the truth of these differences over the course of living out lives, even if it means our generation will have to suffer some frustration in the process. About the only thing we are certain about at the moment is that the other people are always different to ourselves, which is something we should feel comfortable in accepting.


19 Jan

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The availability of inexpensive, good quality video equipment has made a video an expected part of any wedding day. This same technology has also raised our expectations on how good the final product should be. With good equipment and computer editing resources so readily available there should be no reason why the products shouldn’t look impressive. However, no equipment is better than the individual who operates it. Nothing can compensate if the original footage is lacking in any way.

The experienced professionals tend to get better results, but this is not a hard and fast rule. Occasionally a hobbyist with a little skill and study can produce a very respectable result; this is helped by the fact that film is now a subject taught at school. Unfortunately, a professional can occasionally be bad at their job, or simply have a very bad day.  Established companies that can show you examples of their work are usually the safest option.

It is quite possible that the engaged couple have certain ideas that they want in their video. Even if they don’t there will always be some elements of their wedding day that are different to any conventions. In all cases the matters should be discussed with the wedding videographer. The happy couple usually know what they want, and the videographer knows what may or may not be an issue in capturing the images they have in mind. Film factors as fundamental as lighting might not occur to some people, but any videographer knows how easily this can make or break a scene. This is reason enough to look at the venues in advance.

Music is often included when a video is edited together. Discuss this with the wedding videography people; music can change the overall effect of a scene, especially if its music that you like. Music that seems added as an afterthought can hinder an otherwise effective film. Discussing this in advance can prevent disappointment.

It is not uncommon to have two videos made of a wedding – a longer video with footage of the whole day, and a shorter ‘highlights’ version that can be sent to guests and relatives. The ease of DVD duplication makes videos a worthwhile gift. They may not be played very often (even as the parents of the bride might play it to every visitor) but with the little space taken up by a DVD they are well worth retaining.

Many companies can provide both photographers and videographers. As a combined service this make a lot sense as the two professional will be more apt at working together. It also makes it easier to include still images as part of the wedding video.

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