1. Great light makes great photos:
This makes sense when you remember that pictures are made by the light hitting the sensor in your camera (or the film if you are old school). The best time of day to take photos outside is called the golden hour- there are two in every day (except cloudy days) the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. This is when the sunlight has a golden hue, like in the photo above.
2. Keep it simple:
Eliminating distractions makes for a more pleasing image.
1. Try getting above your subject and looking down only including the ground or floor in the background.
2. If you can’t get high, get low… try getting on the ground and looking up including the sky in the picture.
3. Get close. Fill your frame with the subject. This eliminates things that aren’t important and makes the viewer feel more connected with the subject. Get really close and photos more interesting because we don’t normally see things this way.
3. Use the rule of thirds:
We naturally want to put our subjects in the middle of the frame, but placing the subject on one of the lines that divides the frame into thirds creates a more pleasing composition. Many cameras will display a grid over your LCD screen helping you find the sweet spot of where the horizontal and vertical thirds intersect. I have one on my iPhone camera right now.
4. Use leading lines:
Leading lines are objects in the scene that lead your eye to the subject (the rocks below). This is why you see way too many portraits of people on railroad tracks!
Try these techniques and I think you will be pleased with the results. Share some of your work in the comment section and don’t be a stranger! Complete the form in the footer and sign up for my mailing list to be notified of future posts. I will not share your information!
Future blog posts will include:
- Documentary Family Photography: what it is and why it is important
- Tips on planning your Christmas card photos…. yes it will be here before we know it!
- How to free lens
- How to take better iPhone photos
- How to get a blurred background in your images
- Tips on taking pictures of the fall foliage (I’m hoping to get to the mountains to get examples).