Great photos don’t require an abundance of Instagram filters or appropriate hashtags. They start in the frame. Whether your camera is disposable, an Iphone or a fancy DSLR, use these photo composition tips to snap pics like a pro.
This tip may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t quite know how to execute on this. When you’re taking a picture of a large-scale scene, it can be hard to know what your subject is or how big your subject should be. Don’t be afraid to get closer or zoom in on the subject and fill the frame!
Tip #2 Rule of Thirds
What exactly is the Rule of Thirds? Imagine your image divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal and vertical lines, like a tic-tac-toe board. You want the most important parts of your image to be placed along these lines or at their intersections. The Rule of Thirds is often used by professional photographers and videographers.
Tip #3 Avoid the Middle
When you’re first starting out, it can be tempting to just shoot in the center of the frame, BUT these photos also tend to be boring (sorry, but it’s true). Refer to the previous rule, our old friend, the Rule of Thirds. Move your subject away from the center and focus on balance in the frame.
Tip #4 Leading Lines
A poorly composed image will leave your viewers scratching their heads. “Where should I look?” “What am I looking at?” Leading lines are all about utilizing the natural lines in the image to show the eyes where they should focus. Leading lines allows you to control the way people’s eyes move around the image.
Tip #5 Break the Rules
This is the hardest tip of all. While these tips are meant to serve as a guide, they are not the end all be all of photography. Some of the greatest photographs of all time haven’t followed these rules. Don’t be afraid to break the rules. In today’s digital world, it’s easy to try new things and experiment. Getting rid of a bad photo is as easy as hitting delete!