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August contest theme: Center It

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  August 1, 2012 04:13 PM

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With all we have learned about the Rule of Thirds -- and seen how effective it is -- why would you ever center your main subject in a photo? Here's what some of the pros say:

> It's an effective way to draw attention to your subject when there are very few other items in the composition.

> It's can be a good tool for creating a sense of space and size. By centering a subject that is surrounded by smaller (or larger) objects, the size of the subject can be emphasized - like a house in a huge pasture.

> When there is a pattern or symmetry in your subject, centering can emphasize it.

> In portraits of one person, a centered image can be very dramatic.

> You may have no other choice, if foreground or background items force you to center your subject. In those cases, make the most of it.

So let's give it a try. Your photo does NOT have to be taken in August; you can use something from your files if you want.

As usual, one photo per photographer.

Deadline: Midnight Aug. 31.

AUGUST GALLERY AND SUBMISSION FORM

CONTESTS UPDATE: Ken Hoffman, a retired professional portrait photographer, has judged the "Group Portraits" contest, but I'm waiting for Paul Marotta's judging of the "Famous Places" contest first. Those results should be in any day now.

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