3 Quick and Easy Tips for Great Composition

The best thing about learning photography in today’s technological era is that you have no excuse for not having your camera with you. you can use these tips with your DSLR or you camera phone. The idea here is to practice simple skills that will improve your photography.

Keep it simple

Have just one hero in your shot. One main subject It makes it easier for your viewer to know what it is that you want to show them. We want to lead the eye of the viewer right to the main attraction. To do this we need to simplify the image to make sure that there are no distractions. Sometimes we might need to move things out of the background, or we might need to change the angle that we shoot from to avoid distractions. To many distractions can overwhelm the viewer, we want our images to be beautiful and harmonious. This is a mistake that is often a problem with newbie photographers.

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Use different angles

One of my all time favorite exercises that I gave for years to photography students was to photograph something as big as a car 30 times and find 30 different images from the 1 subject. To do this you need to move around the object and find different angles.

Different angles are great because you can also show something looking small when you look down upon them, or make them look big when you are looking up at them. It gives a different perspective, therefore showing something that others might not have seen before.

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Use space

We have a small area of space to place our subject into our images. And there are opposing concepts that will help use this space.

If we leave lots of space around our subject we can isolate our subject. This is called negative space and is a great way to isolate your subject. It allows the eye some breathing room to make the main subject stand out. I love minimalism so it’s no surprise that I am a big fan of negative space. Negative space images can really stand out on social media because they break through all the noise and are simple and enjoyable to see.

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Filling the frame is the exact opposite of using negative space but works in a similar fashion because it isolates the subject so it’s all that we can see. Don’t be afraid to fill the frame. Get up close and personal with your main subject and really show us the details.

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and here is a great example of filling the frame and also leaving negative space. Learn the rules then combine them.

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Recap

If all you ever did was think about these 5 tips when taking photographs, your photography would improve. Consciously using these tricks all the time will make them into habits and you will start to train your eye. It doesn’t matter if you are using a camera phone or an expensive camera, these tips will help you build those skills.

  • Keep it simple
  • Use different angles
  • Use space (negatively and to fill the frame)

We love to give credit where credit is due and we love using our own images and images from www.unsplash.com Here is a list of images sources from this post.
Tadas Mikuckis
ANDRIK ↟ LANGFIELD ↟ PETRIDES
Vicko Mozara
Warren Wong
Steinar Engeland
Providence Doucet
Ugur Akdemir
averie woodard
Erik-Jan Leusink