The difference between a good photo and a great photo is often just a matter of a few small details. Follow the composition tips below and you too can have photos that you’ll be proud to hang on your walls.
The Rule of Thirds – Pick up any photography book and you will likely find a section on the rule of thirds. It is a technique for making your photos look better by dividing your frame up into thirds, and moving your main subject away from the center of your image. When used properly, it is very effective. This Worldstart tip has all the information you need on how to use the rule of thirds.
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Fill the Frame – Eliminating the dead space around your subject is another sure fire way of improving the visual appeal of your images. Use your camera’s zoom lens to get close, or zoom with your feet, and you will be amazed at the difference you see. It draws the viewer into your picture and hides other distracting elements.
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Focal Points – All great photos have a focal point. It’s the part of the image that your eyes are naturally drawn towards and find appealing. It could be a person, an animal, a pattern, a shape, or even just a splash of color. So, if you want your photos to really stand out from the crowd, you need at least one focal point. Read more on focal points here.
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Backgrounds – Sometimes we are so focused on the subject of our photos that we forget to look at what is going on in the backgrounds of our images. If you want to focus all your attention on your main subject, then look for a background that is simple, and free of distractions. If, however, you want to tell a story with your images, look for a background that is in some way connected to your subject.
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Camera Orientation – Choosing to hold the camera vertically, or horizontally, definitely makes a difference to the overall look of your image, because some subjects lend themselves more to one orientation than the other. Portraits, for instance, often have more impact when shot vertically, while landscapes usually benefit from a horizontal perspective. Experiment with this by yourself and see what different shots look like when the camera is turned the other way.
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Using these simple tips will greatly improve your camera composition skills and lead you to take photos that you may never have thought possible before. So, grab that camera and see how many of these techniques you can incorporate in your next shoot.
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