Breathing Space

This week’s lesson is focusing on “breathing space”, “When you search for composition ideas online, hundreds of feeds such as rule of thirds, symmetry, leading lines etc come up… when you go to shooting mode, you forget which rule to apply and finally end up picture putting the subject in the center.” That’s me. Whenever I see a spot or sight that I really want to capture, I forget all the rules I have read.

Raj places several photos and explains how to position a subject and why. I can remember the rules better when I know why. He also gives us an opportunity to submit a couple of photos for him to review. In return, he will provide suggestion/feedback for improvement.

Photo #1: 1/80 sec, f 11, ISO 100:

#2: 1/800 sec (due to the breeze), f 5.6, ISO 160:

Let me place just one more photo. I need to know about the breathing space when I’m right behind the subject.

#3: 1/50 sec, f 7/1, ISO 1000 (auto ISO was on):

Learning inspires us to seeing things differently. On the other hand, when we see things differently, we want to learn more.

Submitting to XDrive Photo Lesson 4: Breathing Space. Raj offers a photo lesson on either on Wednesday or Thursday (U.S. time). It will be inspiring and fun to learn and share as a community. Wanna join us? 🙂

Last week’s lesson was exposure. Click here to read the critics I got. Thank you, Raj!


Thank you for your critics, Raj. Below is “After” for the second photo. I cropped the white spot in the background as much as I could, then erased a couple of the white spots left in the background through the Photoshop. Is that more or less like portrait as you expected?

This time, I intentionally placed bad images here for your to review. I hope to hear your critics, so I’ll be able to avoid repeating the same mistakes I made.

For the third one, I had a hard to process the sky.

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