You know we have gone through a lot of articles and tips on how to do photography. Now, I would like to maybe, fine tune this so that your photos become more “alive”, or more exciting to you and to everyone who sees them. I realize that almost everyone who reads this blog regularly knows the rules to composition, and I will keep going over different ideas about that, but, here is some great ideas about how to make your photos even better:
FRAME YOUR PHOTOS:
See what you can do to “frame” your subject. Put something around your subject so that it seems to be highlighted even more. Do not overdo the framing, but make it natural:
When shooting something that has motion or movement with it, allow the subject to have something to move into. For example, this would be better if the subject was not in the center. If something was moving, have some area in the frame of the photo to move into. See examples:
Our brain perceives information from left to right, so it’s best to position all the important stuff in the right side of the frame.
Try taking photos from a different angle. Instead of taking pictures standing up, get down to the level of the subject, if it’s a pet or child. You will find a different story to your photo:
There are two spaces in every image:
- positive space (it shows the main subject);
- negative space (usually it’s the background).
Don’t forget to keep an eye on what is happening in the negative space; you want it to emphasize your main subject, not cramp it.
Depth will give your shot a more three-dimensional and rich feel. There are few features that can help you achieve it:
- parallel lines, which come to one point in the distance;
- gradually dissolving fog will make your photo seem layered;
- tone (volume is transmitted through color: darker objects appear closer, and lighter objects appear farther away);
- depth of field (if you blur the background, clear objects will appear closer, while fuzzy objects will seem more distant).
When taking a scenic shot, that has depth, add something in the foreground. If you add something in the foreground, your viewers will feel like they can relate to the size and depth of the picture more.
SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS:
Use these elements to make your picture more interesting and dramatic. You can create a visual ’dialogue’ between the subject and its reflection (shadow).
THE GOLDEN HOUR, AND THE BLUE HOUR:
The “Golden Hour” is my favorite time to shoot. It is the one hour before sunset. The colors have gone to a golden color in the sky and the colors everywhere are a nice warm golden hue. It really warms things up and makes things very pleasant.
THE GOLDEN HOUR:
This is the time when the sun has set, or just before the sun comes up. The light is predominately blue. Check it out: This is often called twilight:
There you have it. Some great tips and tricks to really try out, and some great examples. Thanks to “Brightside” Facebook page for the use of their photos. This is a great website to just find great fun things to see and learn. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/brightside/