Here are a few simple composition tips to keep in mind when taking photographs.
These tips will help you improve your photography and it will also make you think about your image before you press the shutter release.
- Basic Triangles:
- Enhance the detail:
The photograph below shows the lady standing in a park and it does not add impact to the image.
- Use Selective focus:
- Change your View Point:
I took this photograph, but was not happy as the green foliage on the bottom left corner looks messy. I decided to change my viewpoint.
I decided to point the camera down at the flower bud. The background is blurred, isolating the subject from its messy foliage.
- Leading Lines:
- Organise Shapes:
- Compose for Contrast:
- Use Natural Frames:
- Use Rule of Third:
- Watch your Horizon:
It’s best that before you take a photograph always look at the horizon on two points:
a) Is the horizon straight? It is easier to have your horizon straight in the camera viewfinder before pressing the shutter release, saving time to straighten the image later in editing softwares.
b) Where to place the horizon? The ‘correct’ natural spot for a horizon is on either the top third line or the bottom line of the ‘rule of thirds’, rather than completely in the middle. In saying this, rules can be broken if you are completely sure that your image with the horizon is very striking.
- Be Creative:
I hope this brief insight into Composition assists you in taking better photographs.