Photography has evolved with technology over the years. However, the basics remain the same and these tried and true rules withstand technological advances. The following blog post highlights a few of the key elements that breathe life, feeling, and emotion into one dimensional photographs.


Rule of Thirds

Introduction Photo #1
Alex Sholes is a local photographer from Salmon Idaho.  He states “I have always felt the most alive when I’m outside camping, skiing, kayaking, or hiking.” The image below captures one of these alive moments with extreme kayaking. As this kayaker gets ready to drop off the second step of Lower Mesa Falls (the top step is about 20 feet and the bottom is about 30 feet) you can almost hear the water rushing by and feel the cool mist in the air.


In this photo, the photographer Alex Sholes uses the rule of thirds to draw focus on the kyaker. The overall image has so much intensity that this simple rule highlights the primary reason for the photo. The rule of thirds creates balance and draws attention from the waterfall back to the kyaker.

Photo Credit: Alex Sholes Photograph


Both images highlight the rule of thirds. When this simple universal rule is implemented, then, you create an ascetically pleasing photo with both interest and balance. The human eye can detect balance and naturally seeks to find it.

Photo Credits: Bridget Mildon

Leading Lines

Introduction Photo #2

Alex Sholes is a photographer based out of the small town of Salmon, Idaho. Alex loves to share Idaho’s beauty and adventure with the world through his work. Salmon is one of his favorite locations to photograph. His unique photography style enhances the beauty of this small remote town. Visit to see more of Alex’s view of the world.


In the image below Alex draws you in through the heart of the town, Main Street. The sidewalks create concrete lines, bordered by buildings that lead the viewer to the intense sunrise. He captures the quiet morning just before the sun rises and town awakes.

Photo Credit: Alex Sholes Photography


In contrast to Alex’s photo facing east down Highway 28 capturing the sunrise. The image below is of the same highway heading west capturing the sunset. Though they opposite, the leading lines in both images drawn the eye directly toward town and creates a visual interest.

Photo Credits: Bridget Mildon

Depth of Field

Introduction Photo #3

Michelle Tuttle is a photographer and artist based in Bromsgrove just south of Birmingham, England. She created MCT Photography to offer services to both business clients and members of the public. I met Michelle through her compassion to help charities. She has created some amazing works of art with her photography for my non-profit. Michelle proves she is not only talented, but she has an amazing heart as well. Visit to see the world from Michelle’s lens.


Photographer, Michelle Tuttle, creates movement and visual interest in the depth of her photo. The buildings and clouds create layer upon layer using light and size to enhance the depth of the photo. The image naturally draws viewers in and challenges them to look as far into the city as they can.


Photo Credit: Michelle Tuttle MCT Photography

Comparison: Both images capture the depth of a city. Like the Urban city layers build on top of one another almost as if they could be separated one from another.  The sporadic clouds also lend visual interest as they draw you to the back of the photo.

Photo Credits: Bridget Mildon


Photography not only captures memories, they also recreate a feeling and can elicit real emotion. With the help of a few simple techniques, any photograph can transform from one dimensional. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but beauty may be in the eye of the photographer.


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