COMM130, Design, Reverse Engineer

Photography Skills – Work In Progress

In this post I will be going over great tips on how to improve your photographs. I take pictures as a hobby and want to improve on taking portrait pictures of my children and family members. The tips I learned this week are so helpful and will help me improve my photography skills. I chose portrait pictures for my professional examples because that’s what I want to improve on in my photography skills.

Photo Credits:

Rule of Thirds:

Leading Lines:

Depth of Field:


The photographer who captured this picture did a wonderful job of using the Rule of Thirds; which adds more balance to the picture. The Rule of Thirds helps the composition of the photo and make the focus of the picture have a more natural flow. The subject of this picture lines up with the vertical and horizontal lines on the right side of the picture. My eye was immediately drawn to the little girl. This is such a beautiful picture.

In this photo of my adorable niece I tried taking a similar picture as my example. I came close, but it will take more practice to improve my eye for the Rule of Thirds. The vertical and horizontal lines on the right side intersect where my niece is sitting. If had moved my camera over just a bit it would’ve helped balance the picture more.


In this photo the lines from the road lead your eyes to the two subjects in the middle. I really liked this picture because I love dogs and it was a simple example of how leading lines draw your attention to the main focus of the picture.

I took a similar picture of my nieces on a dirt road. They are farther away, but the leading lines still pull draw your attention to them. I probably should have changed the color for my leading lines so they could be seen more easily. I think roads are a great place to look if you’re learning about leading lines. When I took the picture I liked how it looked on the camera. After looking at it on my laptop I think I would have moved a little closer to my nieces and more to the right so I didn’t capture the power pole.


I chose this image for depth because my son saw me searching for pictures and said, “Ooooh, pretty.” I liked how the photographer captured this image and blurred the background. This photo is an example of shallow depth of field. It enhances the photo and makes the subject stand out more. Depth of field is probably my favorite of these three. I didn’t know what this element was until this week, but I have been a fan of depth of field for a long time. The blurred background in this photo doesn’t give any distractions. The focus is solely on the subject.

I know, I know. He’s totally slaying his blue steel look. Although he’s not human, I consider this a similar picture to my professional example. This is my fur baby, Santino. This picture I captured of him focuses on his cute furry face. The rest of the picture is blurred to enhance his face. I love how his eyes appear to be bright and inquiring as if he’s looking into your soul. (He actually just wanted a treat.) Depth of Field comes in handy when the background is not very pretty, but your subject is. You can just make the background a blur.


These three elements Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, and Depth of Field will definitely help you improve your photography skills. It has already improved mine. I can’t wait to practice more. I focus on portrait photography, but I would love to practice what I’ve learned in nature.