Today’s Post on “Photography Tutorial” written by new guest author. Taking photographs is harder than you think. The point and shoot method rarely works, unless by some miracle you have an inherent eye for photography. For those who require a little more guidance, or would appreciate a little advice, consider these ten photo composition tips. Taking photographs is harder than you think. The point and shoot method rarely works, unless by some miracle you have an inherent eye for photography. For those who require a little more guidance, or would appreciate a little advice, consider these ten photo composition tips.
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10 Photo Composition Tips

Balance

Yin and Yang, hot and cold, black and white. Find your equilibrium. It might be color, it might be size, or it might be material. Whatever choice you make, take carethat your photo is balanced. Try capturing the image with the subject off centered and balanced with something in the background (or foreground).
10 Photo Composition Tips

Pull

No purposeless pictures here. The human eye is apt for deciding what is important in real life, even in a cluttered space, but the camera is not so talented. Make sure you lead your audience’s eyes where you want them to go, without being diverted. It might mean you need to narrow the photo, make it black and white, or just frame it.

View Point

There are a variety of ways to look at a scene. Don’t just take photos directly. Try coming from above or beneath, sideways or sloping. Seeing things from a new standpoint can really open your eyes.

Background

Your background can improve to your picture or lessen it. If your subject is the only thing you want people to pay attention to, try an unadorned background. If you desire more depth in your photo, try for an overlapping background. Whatever background you select, ensure the subject remains the subject.

Frame

Having difficulties really focusing in on the subject? Try framing. There are heaps of things that provide natural frames for a photo. A wall, a door frame, a flower, a mountain. Tinker with it and discover what works for you

Focus

Focus is extremely vital, especially with close-ups or great distances. If you are concerned about maintain focus, you may want to use a tripod, so the camera remains steady as you shoot. The interest in a photo is drastically reduced if it is fuzzy and out of focus.

Space

Let the subject of your photo breathe a bit. Maintain some negative space in your photo so that the viewers do not get overwhelmed. Their eyes will naturally focus on the subject, even if 90% of the photo is negative space.

Shoot

Try, try, try again. The wondrous thing about digital cameras is the lack of film. So take lots of photos. If you’ve got the subject set up it is much easier to take ten shots now rather than taking only one and needing to redo it later

Light

Play with lighting. I know the ‘Golden Hour’ is when you normally set up your pictures, but try various times of the day for different effects. Or, if you are shooting indoors, try lighting the subject from different, dramatic angles. Shadows add great depth to an otherwise flat photo.

PLay

Have fun! That’s what you are experimenting in photography for, right? Fool around. Discover what works for you. And remember, no one sees things exactly the same. Take a second look and see what you can uncover.

No matter what the subject of your photography is, all pictures can be improved as the photographer learns. The more you learn, the better your photos will be. Try out some of these tips today and see if your photos improve.
*All photos courtesy of MorgueFile

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