are a few different styles of composition and framing in Photography
including a few tips on how to break away from the norm, and create
styles of your own!
photographs is very important, and can be the only thing to separate a
good photo from a mediocre one. If youâ€™re looking for ways to frame and
compose your photo to make them really stand out, be sure to read
through this entire guide as each technique can be easily forgotten.
Rule of Thirds
rule of thirds is an old rule that applies to more art forms than just
photography, but it has become a very common practice in the field Ă˘â‚¬â€ť
and in my experience has often worked for the better.
How it works is that the image can be split into 9 equally sized parts,
divided by two vertical and two horizontal lines. The four lines create
four intersections, which should serve as the main points of interest.
you can see here Iâ€™ve mostly used the horizontal lines to divide this
photograph into three different parts, the top one being the sky and
skyline, the middle one is the ocean and and bottom third is filled
with the foreground (which might be a bit harder to see on this smaller
size). The left side is mostly empty space in all three sections Ă˘â‚¬â€ť
both when it comes to the stones in the water and the lights at the
Look for natural frames in the scenery you have, it can be anything at all; having some frames can do wonders for a photograph.
Try to never cut off a small part
of an object, such as a personâ€™s hand or the ear or tail of an animal.
If you leave an entire arm outside the frame it usually doesnâ€™t look
odd, but if thereâ€™s something small like a hand missing the viewer will
notice it in a different way Ă˘â‚¬â€ť and it can be very distracting at
Lines and Shapes
Lines and shapes are everywhere; try to use them to your advantage. They can draw the viewer into the picture
or they can guide the eyes to a point that you normally wouldnâ€™t pay so
much attention to. Both symmetrical and asymmetrical lines and shapes
are a great asset.
Less is more!
Focus on the small things instead of the entire scene Ă˘â‚¬â€ť this
obviously wonâ€™t work for every scene youâ€™re shooting but as a quick
rule itâ€™s often good to keep your compositions clutter free and with
less distractions. Use your best judgment!
If you ask me, the photograph on the left is nothing special at all
while I personally really like the one on the right. The â€śonlyâ€ť
difference here is that I isolated the object in the second photo, this
helps the few things stands out more. Metal, stone, wood and water Ă˘â‚¬â€ť
simple and clean.
space should not be underestimated, it can be a great way to simplify
your image and draw attention to a certain point in the photograph.
Donâ€™t be afraid to use empty spaces in your photographs. Empty spaces
usually work very well in portraits as, just keep in mind that itâ€™s
often preferred that the model either looks towards you or into the space so to speak.
A common rule says that there should always be more space in front of a moving object than behind it. If thereâ€™s not enough space in front of the object we often get the mental picture that itâ€™s going to crash.
to photograph on the same height as your object, be it a child, a pet
or a small bird. Instead of photographing the child from your viewpoint
some 6 feet above ground try to get down on their level and get eye contact,
this creates a totally different feeling as you become a part of their
world. If you get down on their level they usually respond to you in a
different way and this will often give you photographs that would not
be possible for another angle.
Breaking the rules
Donâ€™t be afraid to break these rules
â€” always following the â€śrulesâ€ť will result in uniform, and sometimes
mundane photos Ă˘â‚¬â€ť but itâ€™s important that you understand the rules
before you break them. Nothing new can come if we all do the same
thing. Sure, these rules and tips have a reason for existing, they are
often the recommended way of doing things because they are tested and
have shown that they work in most situations, but that doesnâ€™t mean you
should always follow them.
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