Planning out a picture is half of the battle. You know that you want to take a picture of the sunset but you’re not sure how to go about. That is why knowing the basics of photo composition is so important. Every image you create should be something worth looking at and here are some tips to make that a reality.
#1 Always remember the seven elements of design
In order to break the rules, you must first know the rules. When creating a piece of art, try to keep the seven elements of design in mind. They are line, form, shape, texture, pattern, colour, and space. Any spectacular shot will have most of these essentials. Keep the rule of thirds in mind as well. It’s an easy way to divide your image and guarantee that it’s attractive.
#2 Leading lines
Find something within the frame that leads the viewer’s eye to the subject. Traditionally, leading lines are generally roads or pathways, but you can use anything from railroad tracks to escalators. Leading lines allow for you to control how the eye travels across the image.
What you choose to leave out of the frame says just as much as what you choose to put into it. Leaving something out or using a shallow depth of field changes the intent of the image. Before shooting, plan out what story you want the image to convey. Framing can also be done in editing but if you know what you want while taking the picture, snap it in the moment.
#4 Point of View
Bored of shooting the same subject? Try to change up your perspective. If you are taking pictures of your pet, try to shoot from their point of view. Want to take an interesting landscape shot? Lay on the ground and shoot up. Make every picture you take unique by trying out an angle that you haven’t shot from before.
#5 Simplify Your Shot
Sometimes the most powerful shots are the ones with just a subject and a blank background. Zoom in close to the subject and cut out the clutter. Negative space can be a good thing though as it gives the subject room to breathe. Less is usually more- especially in a powerful photo.