Good composition is one of the key elements of what we’d call a good photo. Sometimes, it’s what turns a decent photo into a great photo. In this video, Peter McKinnon shares three composition tips that will help you improve your photos instantly. Other than newbies, I believe all those who feel they need to work on composition will find it useful
Framing your subject within the scene will accentuate them, and add depth to the image. Instead of just shooting straight at the subject, look for architecture elements to add a “frame.” You can also shoot through something like people, leaves or passages to add the depth and draw the viewer’s attention to the subject.
Adding natural leading lines will also help draw the eyes to the subject of your photo. Look for them in the environment, and place your subject so that these lines lead your viewer’s eyes.
A simple change of perspective can add a lot to your photo. Many newbies or even advanced hobbyists mainly shoot portraits at the eye level. You can try shooting upwards or downwards; which will add a few elements to the photo.
Composition-wise, helps you use the available shadows, light, and geometry that may not be visible when you shoot at eye-level. Message-wise, you can add a bit of drama and power when shooting from below, or emphasize vulnerability when shooting from above.
Utilize the light
If you see interesting light and shadows, utilize them in the shot. Light and shadows can add depth, playfulness or even mystery to the shot. Sometimes, it can be the light that forms the leading lines for the subject. So, combine these three techniques to achieve the desired results.
These were, of course, only some of the tips to help you improve your photo. You don’t need any special preparation or resources, but next time you go out for a shoot – set your mind to trying these techniques, and I’m sure you’ll be happy with the photos you make.
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