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Photography 101: Solitude

Capture a snapshot that conveys the state of being alone.

Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

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We’re excited about today’s theme, solitude. In addition to thinking about what it means to you, also consider the placement of the subject in your shot. How can you interpret the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place?

Find inspiration in this moment on Lanikai Beach on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, as a girl sits in the sand.

Get inspired by the submissions from Jen Hooks’ Rule of Thirds photo challenge from February 2015.

Tip: As you frame your shot, consider the tried-and-true Rule of Thirds, which is a great introductory lesson in composition. Divide your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts. Your camera probably has the option to display this grid in your viewfinder or LCD screen. But if not, envision this atop your frame:

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Place your subject at the intersections of these lines, or along them. In the beach shot, the placement of the girl, toward the bottom-right, creates a more interesting composition — her aloneness is amplified by all of the open space to the left. This off-center placement also aligns with how our eyes naturally interact with images.

Rules are meant to be broken, of course, especially since each image is different! Today, experiment with this grid as you frame your solitary subject.

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