Apr 03 2007

More Composition Tips

Published by at 1:01 am under Better Photos

Today’s digital cameras make taking photos a lot easier than cameras of yesterday. This does not distract from some basic composition tips. One great idea is to keep your own journal of tips. Read the journal frequently, and add additional notes about each tip as you get better at implementing the tip. Over time you will apply these tips without thinking. Then you will truly be not only a picture taker, but a photographer.

  • Always be aware of the background. You don’t want to find trees growing out of people’s heads, or a passing vehicle drawing attention from your subject. Sometimes moving your subject just a couple of steps to either side can make all the difference.
  • Use available light. If your digital camera has an option to turn the flash off, and it’s light enough outside to read a book, then use the available light and turn the flash off. In general, camera flashes are too harsh for human skin and make all of us look pale. Indoors, where there isn’t enough daylight, place your subject by a window and use your fill flash feature.
  • Aim your camera slightly down at the person’s face. Also, don’t shoot just face on to the person, try a little to the side, a three quarter view, so that you see more of their face. Remember, camera higher looking down, and a three quarter view, it will slim your subject.
  • Remember your focus. We are not talking about focusing your lens. Get closer to your subject. Fill the frame with your subject, and there will be no doubt as to what the picture is saying.
  • Never put your subject dead center. Put it/them just slightly off center; not a lot just a little. When you’re shooting groups of people, find the imaginary center line of your group and put that line just a bit off center in your view through your lens or screen.

Following these tips won’t turn you into an award-winning photographer today, but you will be on your way to better, more powerful photographs that others will comment on for years to come.

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