Digital Photography Principles – Center of Interest

Good pictures are not created by chance. One has to be equipped with basic principles of composition. The arrangement of the elements in a picture can be influenced to catch the attention of the viewers. When taking a photo, you need to consider the position of each and every element in the picture.

One very important skill in photography is called “center of interest.” Centering involves placing the subject in the center of the frame. It is not necessarily that the subjects to be exactly centered. Some subjects which are centered can still use the rule of thirds.

Why use the principle of center of interest?

Here are the reasons why every photographer should apply “center of interest” in their photography work:

To draw attention to the subject

For you to draw attention in an effective way to the point of interest, try centering, especially when the composition is busy and when there are many similar objects that compete for attention. This is because eyes will always go straight to the center stage of the image. Centering different and strong subjects helps draw attention too. 
Also, when there are few items in the composition, you can place the object at the center of the image. If you want to take photographs of stand-alone objects without showing the background and foreground and the subject filling the frame, centering will focus on the subject itself and help toward the overall aesthetics of the final product.

To create a sense of space or size

In order to create a sense of space and size, centering can be used. When a subject surrounded by either smaller or larger objects is centered, the size of the subject is emphasized. For example, if a house photographed in the middle of a big pasture area, a sense of ‘smallness’ is created.


Centering can as well be used to create a sense of belonging to a space or a sense of loss. If you photograph a child surrounded by many toys, you create an atmosphere where the child belongs to space which is around them. Equally, if you photograph a child surrounded by toys and a small empty space around the child before the toys , a sense of loss and separation is created. 
In both pictures, the child is the center of attention. The blank space in the second image would be centered with the child as it becomes part of the center of attention and the barrier to the toys.

To overcome location difficulties

Some subjects or backgrounds/foregrounds will not allow you to compose according to the golden ratio or rule of thirds. In some instances, the only photograph you can take is a centered one.


In other cases, the background or foreground objects may be distracting or when an element to the side of subject intrudes on the image and the subject is not centered. When such events occur, you should center the subject. 

A centered subject commands more positive attention than a subject with a lamppost behind his/her head.

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Quote – Choice of Words

The art of literature stands apart from among its sisters, because the material in which the literary artist works is the dialect of life; hence, on the one hand, a strange freshness and immediacy of address to the public mind, which is ready prepared to understand it; but hence, on the other, a singular limitation.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

How being an organized writer improves productivity

Most people find organizing their writing hard, but being organized is the key to effective writing. You should always plan what you’re going to write before you begin writing. Organizing your work helps you develop order in your writing, which will help in avoiding repetition or even leaving out important points. A writing plan can be a few jotted notes to a detailed numbered outline.

Most writings, especially blog writings, have three main parts: the introductory part, the body, and the conclusion. The introductory part should inform your readers about the aim of your blog post, the contents of your post, and what you’re trying to prove in writing. The body should have all the facts, arguments, and information in a coherent order that can be easily understood by your readers. The conclusion should summarize everything by reporting your findings, your views, and your final thoughts and recommendations. 

How to Order Your Writing

There are several ways you can use to order your writing. The type of order used in your blog posts largely influences your readers since it shapes their thinking and interpretation of your work. Some of the common ways of ordering used in writing blog posts are:

  • Ascending order of importance – the most important ideas last
  • Descending order of importance – the most important ideas first.
  • Ascending order of complexity – the simple ideas first.
  • Descending order of complexity – the complex ideas first.
  • Chronological order – ordering your ideas in sequence.


Out of all these orders, the most useful ways of organizing your work are descending order of importance and categorical order. Ordering your work is useful because it allows readers to maneuver easily through the document and not to miss important information. Listing your most important ideas and arguments first increase the chances of your audience reading the article.

Being organized improves efficiency.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing fiction, non- fiction, poetry, blog posts, or any other type of writing work. Any type of writing requires you to communicate ideas to your audience clearly. To come up with an article that’s clear and compelling, you need to introduce the right facts at the right time. How you organize, and the details and how you choose to support your points can drastically affect your productivity as a blog writer. The order of your points determines how well your audience will understand what you’re saying in your article.

Being Organized Makes Your Articles Professional

Apart from the message you’re trying to convey, your reader will also get an impression of your professionalism from your work. If your work is poorly organized with ideas not listed in an orderly manner, your audience may get an amateurish impression. On the other hand, if your article has well-organized ideas with smooth transitions, accompanied by just enough details, your audience will feel confident in you and the information you’re presenting. Being organized will give your work a polished and professional look, which is very vital for any kind of writing.

Being Organized Makes Your Articles More Immersive

Every time your audience has to stop and try to make sense or understand what you’re saying, he/she is tempted to stop reading your article. This not only agitates your work but also weakens it. However, if you make your points clear and list them in an orderly manner, it will eliminate the need for your readers to stop and try to figure or relate one idea to the other. Organizing your writing will immerse your readers in your writing. 

Having a project plan ensures that you Won’t Miss Important Details.

If you’ve ever written a text to a friend about something urgent only to discover that you did not include the most important details in the text, you already know how important organization is in any form of writing work. A project plan helps in this, but in case you don’t want to use a project plan, making a small list of the what you’re planning to include in your article and the types of keywords you’re planning to use can help in keeping you on track. A project plan will ensure that your final piece won’t leave out anything that your audience needs to know or understand. This is also very important for blog posts that require a specific set of keywords to improve their SEO rankings.

Organization Helps to Avoid Repetition

Apart from ensuring that you don’t miss important points, the good organization also prevents repetition. Most blog writers are victims of redundancy, and this is mostly caused by poor planning. Most people find it challenging to remember what they’ve already discussed, especially if you’re working on a piece for several days, weeks, or months. Organizing your work using an outline or project plan will make your article more concise, thus improving productivity.

Organizing your work Saves Time

Organizing your writing doesn’t just benefit your audience; it helps you as the writer too, knowing where you’re headed to when writing will save your time since you will spend less time revising your work. This especially comes in handy with longer articles that may have multiple plotlines and subsections. Without prior planning and organization, it’s easy for you to get lost when working on longer pieces, and you may find yourself rewriting large sections as a result. Organizing your work well can the time spent on the article drastically, which in turn improves productivity.

Organizing your work and workplace reduces stress levels.

Being organized with your writing and workplace also reduces stress levels. Just picture a situation where you need a copy of an article you did two years ago. If things are well organized and everything is neatly labeled, tracking the article down would be a piece of cake, instead of a source of stress! Organizing your work and workspace will also ensure that you don’t become too engaged in a task and lose track of time. Set calendar and time alerts to keep you on track and organize your workspace to avoid the stress of misplacing copies of your work and rushing to complete tasks after falling behind schedules.

Effectively communicating your thoughts and ideas to your audience requires good organization and structure. Knowing what to introduce first, how-to guide your audience from one section of the blog post to the other, and when your writing needs information and insights will not only make your writing powerful but also professional and fun to read. The type of writing you do doesn’t matter; organizing your work will improve productivity.

Writing tip – How inspiration improves writing quality

Everyone has different sources of inspiration. As a writer, inspiration is not optional; it’s the irresistible force that drags you the computer and influences you to write something that may change the world. As a blog writer, you must somehow find inspiration for as long as you have to keep your blog updated with high-quality content. 

There are many benefits to writing when you’re inspired. Finding inspiration for your writing work will help you generate fresh ideas, as well as maintain a smooth flow of ideas. Below are some ways on how inspiration improves writing quality.

1. The Writing and Language Will Flow More Naturally


Although there are several ways you can use to structure your information when coming up with a manuscript, your article will sound and feel more natural if you write it when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps you to write in a natural tone, with a natural flow of ideas. But remember to remain on topic as it’s easy to slip into a comfortable writing style, which may move your ideas away from your target audience. 

2. Idea Generation Will Be Easy



Seeking inspiration from your favorite writers will assist with idea generation as soon as their words start rousing your mind. The benefit of writing when you’re inspired by your favorite writers, of whom you’re well versed with their style is that you’ll be able to keep track and relate your ideas. Inspiration will let your mind wander and generate ideas related to whatever your planning to write about with ease. You can list down all the ideas and filter them based on their relevance, connections, and how they relate with your main theme. Being Inspired may even promote the generation of new and unique ideas that are better than what you might have written without inspiration. 

3. Inspiration Will Improve the Quality of Your Writings.

If you’ve ever wanted to improve the quality of your writings, the best thing to do is look for inspiration. You don’t need a specific trainer, theme, or topic to do this. Inspiration will help you generate lots of ideas and themes, and it will be up to you to choose the best idea based on your type of audience. The more you get inspired, the more you get ideas that can be developed into something unique and more complete.

4. Inspiration Increases Creativity.

Everyone was born creative, but being inspired will open your mind to a whole new world of creativity. Being inspired will make your mind wander, which will feed your mind with crazy ideas. Letting your imagination wander will give you unique ideas that your readers would enjoy reading. The crazier the ideas, the better. The more you’re inspired to experiment with different opportunities, styles, and possibilities, the more creative you’ll become. Being inspired is a great way to increase your creativity levels. 

5. Being Inspired Helps You to Stay Organized.


Writing when you’re inspired helps in keeping your thoughts comprehensible and organized. You can explain in detail the feelings and opinions you had about a specific occasion. You’ll remember the events in detail if you the inspiration to write the article was from a specific event, and you won’t lose track of your ideas even if you continue writing after a few days, weeks, or months. 

By writing articles that are particular to certain topics, inspiration can make you achieve and organize your thoughts in a better way. You can seek inspiration from life events, e.g., the time you graduated from high school or even a business you once had that failed, and the reasons behind the failure. Whatever you decide to write about, being inspired when writing helps you organize your thoughts into points and phrases that make sense and relate more to your readers.

6. Inspiration Helps in Maintaining Focus

Inspiration also keeps the writers’ mind focused on the theme. We usually think we can control our thoughts, but a recent study revealed that negative thoughts act as a barrier to self-growth. This is because the mind is prone to doubt and vacillation, which makes it prone to distraction. Often as a writer, you may feel a deep inner sensation to complete your article, the mind will go along with your ideas at first before you run out of ideas and start encountering obstacles in achieving your goal. Inspiration will keep your mind focused until when you achieve your final goal. 

7. Being Inspired Motivates You

Having inspirational thoughts while writing your articles motivates you to complete the article in time. Being inspired while writing your articles will benefit not only you but also your audience. Although the reasons or source of your inspiration may vary, the intense need or desire to accomplish your wishes through writing is usually consistent regardless of the drive behind them.

8. Inspiration Gives Writers a Sense of Direction

Inspiration normally has specific needs, urges, or desires, which somewhat predetermine the actions and direction taken in your writing. Knowing what you want to achieve as you write will enable you to focus and compose your article in a more coordinated fashion. This will act as a guide in how you structure and express your ideas.

9. Inspiration Gives Your Writings a Purpose

Having inspired thoughts when writing will remind you of exactly what you want to achieve, you’re your writing and the best way to do it. Without being inspired, it would be impossible to stick to your main agenda. Inspiring thoughts will remind you of the purpose of your writing, which in turn improves the quality of your writing. 

10. Inspiration Gets the Job Done Within a Short Time. 

When you’re inspired, writing will be faster because the ideas are fresh and already in your mind. Although sometimes generating ideas and expressing them in words might seem difficult, focusing on the reward instead will motivate you to get the job done within a short while. Just think of the reward you’re getting from writing that blog post, or what you’ll lose by not publishing a high-quality blog post, and use them as a source of inspiration.

The need for writing when you’re inspired is important if you expect to succeed in improving the quality of your articles. The ability to think and come up with high-quality articles is critical for the success of an article writer, and finding daily inspiration before writing will help you produce high-quality blog posts for your readers. As you’ve seen, inspiration is the ‘motor’ that propels your content to greater heights. You can seek inspiration from the people around you, music, poems, the natural world, or even from your inner resources.

Reblogging, why do it?

Re-blogging is one of those capabilities which I’ve known about for a long time but just never got around to seeing the value of. However, recently I have started using it and sit in seeing the value of it in terms of solving some particular circumstances. This not hard to do particularly if you’re using WordPress, which does most of the heavy lifting when you reblog.

In my case, re-blogging has made it possible for me to write content once and publish it to one of my other blogs when that content happens to cross boundaries between the subjects of both blogs. This re-blogging approach is really nice because it allows me to write the article once and perhaps been a little more time on it, and then use it in more than one place which for me has always been a bit of a dilemma across my multiple blogs.

Another nice aspect of re-blogging is that if someone chooses to view your post on that re-blog site, then the re-blog post serves as a pastor will send them to the originating site.

The word press re-blogging button and process also takes care of etiquette features of giving credit to the originating site, as well. Which is great if you’re reposting someone else’s content from within WordPress.

What is re-blogging?

Re-blogging really is a method of sharing or pushing content through re-publishing directly to a different blog site. Within WordPress, it might be another blog which you own, or it could be sharing the content that someone else published that you think is valuable to your readers.

How to reblog?

Re-blogging with WordPress is relatively easy, once you get used to the interface, which I find a little confusing. Assuming you have enabled reblogging on your blog site then, basically, re-blogging involves the steps of re-blogging your own content:

  • First, write and publish your blog.
  • Then, got the WordPress Reader, click the visit icon
  • Next, find the “Reblog” button, which is generally located near your “like” button in the Sharing section of your page.
  • In the reblogging dialog window, choose the “Post To” site name to which you want to republish / reblog the post, Add a note if desired, and press the “Reblog Post”.

Other Benefits of Relogging

Drives Trick To The Originating Blog site

Another nice aspect of re-blogging is that if someone chooses to view your post on that re-blog site, then the re-blog post serves as a pastor will send them to the originating site.

Relogging Etiquette

The word press re-blogging button and process also takes care of etiquette features of giving credit to the originating site, as well. Which is great if you’re reposting someone else’s content from within WordPress.

How using quotes can help your writing?

Quotes are often an underutilized writing opportunity.  Adding quotes, and I don’t mean just a few spackle on random pages throughout your writing, can be very beneficial to writers in a number of ways. quotes can also help you convey your meeting, grab readers attention, and communicate your message better. So, here are just a few thoughts on how quotes can help you achieve your writing goals.

Using quotes can help with your use of Tactful repetition

An on topic quote can give you another communication point about the subject that you are discussing, thereby, providing another mental reference to reinforce your subject.

If done with care, you can also get more than one use out of a quote. You can use a quote in the sentence of your paragraph, but this also doesn’t preclude you from isolating it and using other tactics listed below to present it more than once, to make it stand out, and to make it visually impactful.

Also, when quotes are properly placed and made distinct enough, garner the attention of readers who are using skimming and skinny techniques to acquaint themselves or to refresh themselves with the information that they are reading.

Use of quotes can add Volume to your writing

Quotes or an easy way to add value and to expand the volume of your writing. This this is especially true when writing about nonfiction topics.

Sometimes when writing you have a target word count that you’re trying to achieve or document length. If you’ve done your research ahead of time and collect your quotes , then you should be able to add a few short, on topic, non-distracting quotes, which will increase the total word count of your document and the total page count of your document.

If you’re flexible in your approached including quotes in your writing, then you will have several opportunities to make your quotes stand out and to better convey your message.

Isolation

Isolating your Quotes within your document can make it easier to distinguish and add emphasis to the quote but it also adds whitespace before and after the quote and citation. Depending on how you formatted your quote and citation, you may also add one line or two between the actual quote and the citation.

Isolation of your quote not only adds white space, it makes your quote more visually impactful. If a quote is by itself, rather than buried in a paragraph, the reader will notice the quote and read the quote without the distraction of surrounding words.

Italicising

In addition to isolation or rather than isolation, you can bold and or italicize your quotes, so, that they are more visually prominent within the text of your paragraph.

Highlighting or background Shading

Highlighting the quote or shading background surrounding the quote can both be visually effective methods to make the quote stand out, be more recognizable, and potentially cause the reader to pay more attention to the quote and read the quote.

Including the quote in a picture or a graphic

Using a graphic or a picture with your quote included in it is another way to make a quote graphically stand out within your document and to be eye-catching. The trick here is that the graphic or picture must be directly related to the quote, your topic, and it must not be too big and distracting in nature. you need the picture or graphic to appeal to the reader, to catch the reader’s attention, and to focus and reinforce the reads thinking.

Quotes Assist in communicating expertise and background knowledge

Using quotes when pertinent to the topic you are writing about and from a variety of sources, can demonstrate that you have thought about and researched the subject about which your writing. This particularly true, when the quote come from all of variety of authoritative sources which have been properly cited and not just from a web search.

Conclusion

I’m sure there are more ways in which quotes can be put to use full effect in writing, but this primer should be a helpful start.