The Photography Composition Tips That You Don t Want to Miss

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Photography composition, like any art composition, depends on individual preference. Nevertheless, there are some rules which may be a great help for any photographer. Having said that, rules are, in my opinion, something which you have to work with well, get comfortable with, and then try to go beyond (read: break them).

What I’d like to share here is not some textbook based rules of photography composition, instead I’d write how to get creative around the basic rules to get amazing photos.

  1. Rule of thirds is still important – when you want to play around the photography composition, the basic foundation you should be comfortable with is the rule of thirds. This is simply where the viewer’s eyes are looking at when they see your images.
  2. Get out of common angle – An image of flowers taken from the side is boring. Try to take it from a lower angle, and capture the blue sky along with the flowers. Not only the color combination is more attractive to the eyes, but also the impact of low angle strengthens the flowers.
  3. Simpler is stronger – keep your image simple. Simple images leave stronger impressions on the viewer. You may also consider that sometimes a background is not necessary. Filling the frame fully with the main object can be an alternative.
  4. Synergize – reduce and eliminate elements That don’t support to your main object in the image. Composition photography is all about choosing view angles that get rid of unnecessary objects and enhance your image.
  5. Check and recheck your composition – you have to be quite a detailed oriented person when dealing with photography composition. Minor details, many times subtle, can damage or reduce the message you want to deliver.
  6. Practice makes perfect – no matter how talented you are, the rule of thumb is that repetition is the mother of skills. Take as much photos as you can, learn from your experience to sharpen your instinct and improve your photography composition skill. The only way to get the ability to produce high class images is through hours and hours of practice. I do hope you really like taking photos, or otherwise this process will be painful.
  7. Learn from people’s experience – I do get inspired to explore the possibilities on photography composition by simply looking at people’s works. In my early days in photography, I only shoot pictures from the eye level perspective and put everything at the middle of the frame. Looking at people’s pictures online really helped me to gain ideas to tap into new paradigm of photography composition.

While photography composition has a lot of rules to it, it is still part of an art. There is no right or wrong in arts. The only burden you have is the limit that you set for yourself. Keep exploring the possibilities to improve your photography composition.

Good luck and have fun!

Planning For A Photography Trip

Oh my God! It happened. Again. I went for a photography trip to one of the most beautiful cities in the US, Saint Louis, Missouri. I had my camera in my hand, food and drink in place, and GPS fully charged. The 5 hours driving from Fairfield, Iowa, was really fun. Until I realized that I left my camera battery being charged at home. The photography trip was now just a trip.

I’m pretty sure at some point in your career as a photographer, you will be in a situation like this. For this reason, I would like to share some tips with you for when you plan photography trips.

  1. Months before leaving

Planning for a photography trip starts at this time. As soon as the trip is confirmed, try to look for the highlights of the places you will be visiting. I would do a little bit of research about where to take photos from and what to take photos of. For example, if you are coming to Indonesia in the middle of August, you may encounter independence day events there.

Early bird bookings for hotels and flights will cost you less. Book a hotel which gives you easy access to your photography spots. I would write down a list of locations where I will be taking pictures from, and then decide the best location of my hotel.

  1. Weeks before the day

I would spend more time on planning what photos I want to capture at this stage of planning my photography trip. For instance, if I were to travel to Indonesia in the middle of August, I would be taking photos of the independence day ceremony in the morning, fun events in the afternoon. Then in the evening I would take photos of the local sunset.

By properly planning your photography trips, you will be able to dig deeper for more thoughts and ideas. Look at pictures available on the internet and get inspired by them. But not only from the internet, you can also search local photographs from libraries, image directories, photo books, local websites, and tourism guidebooks.

This is a process which may take some time because you never know when inspirations hit.

At this point of the photography trip planning, I would also check my equipment. I would check if any of my gear is not working well and have them repaired right away if necessary. Servicing them now is the best because they must be ready by the time you depart.

  1. Few days before the trip

Keep in mind that some places don’t provide internet access. Therefore it is much better if you write down, or print, every note you would need, such as local shops, tourist office, and local sunrise and sunset time. Weather forecast is also an important information to be noted.

It would be better if you start making a list of what to bring for the photography trip. Sometimes you might forget some items if you think of them 1-2 days before the trip.

  1. 1 day before the trip

I would pack the camera and its equipment first. The last thing you want to discover is missing your spare battery or camera lenses at home. Have a last check on the weather forecast. Print all documents you will need for the photography trip. Make sure you have the memory card(s) ready.

  1. D-day

Check and recheck for the last time before you leave. It doesn’t hurt you to have an extra checking, rather than regretting that you left an important piece of gear at home. Camera lenses, formatted memory cards, spare battery, and your travel documents should be rechecked.

Insurance, cash money, taxi reservation, flight ticket, and passport are usually the most important travel documents which you should not forget to bring. Other than that you are set and ready to go.

I hope these tips will make your photography trip be more fun and memorable. Have fun and enjoy your trip!

Simple Tips For Better Photos

Here are some tips to make your photo taking better. Most people never bother to take the time to learn a bit about basic photography so the pictures they take are really terrible. The good news is with the advent of digital photography we can now see the result of our picture taking almost instantly. This is really great because we have another chance to take a photo of a once in a lifetime event. Here are some tips that based on my experience will help most beginners out there.

Beginning Photography Tips #1 – Buy the right camera for the job

Many people make the mistake of buying the wrong camera for their needs. Consider some basic criteria which will make the decision easier. Are you a point and shoot person? Do you need a camera that takes great pictures out of the box without adjusting anything? Finding a camera that needs little or no adjustment is important if you just want to press the shutter button and nothing else. Also, what size prints do you normally make? If you normally just make 4×6 prints then anything above 4 megapixel will do just fine. Consider the speed of the camera. Do you take pictures at sporting events? If you do, you need a camera that boots up fast and has a very low shutter lag.

Beginning Photography Tips #2 – Compose the photo

How many times do we need to see a photo of someone’s face with the top of their head cut off? Really, centering a person’s face in the picture does not a portrait make. Take the time to compose your picture. Off center photos have more interest. If you subject is so small that you need a magnifying glass to pick them out in the scene, you should have zoomed in a little more. You can also experiment with camera angles. Take a picture from above or below the subject for an interesting twist. Use you judgment here because you don’t want to shoot a picture angled down your girlfriend’s mother’s dress!

Beginning Photography Tips #3 – Use both hands to stabilize the camera

I can’t stress this enough! Every single time I go to one of our kid’s events, I see some parent waving their camera with one hand and shooting pictures like there’s no tomorrow. Here’s a news flash: those pictures will really be out of focus. It is bad enough having poor indoor lighting; using one hand and shaking the camera makes it ten times worse. Use both hands to keep the camera steady especially if there is not enough light.

Beginning Photography Tips #4 – Don’t shoot pictures with the light behind your subject

Yes, everyone does this at one time or another. If your boyfriend is standing in front of the window and you take a photo, all you are going to get is a dark outline. The light source should be behind you, not behind your subject. You can compensate by using the flash fill function of your camera. You get better results if you just make sure the light source is behind you.

Well that’s all we have time for. I hope you enjoyed some of my beginning photography tips. For more information and articles relating to photography and digital cameras, please visit out site. Thanks for reading and good luck shooting.

Beginning Photography Tips

Taking great photographs often depends on practice and experimentation. If you are not satisfied with the results of your recent photographs there are some beginning photography tips that can you can use to quickly improve your photographs.

Beginning Photography Tips #1 – Fill the frame

One of the reasons that many people are not satisfied with their pictures is the fact that the subject is so distant within the frame of the photograph that is difficult to see them. In such cases, the subject is typically lost within the scene.

The following beginning photography tips will help you to fill the frame with your subject and create far more interest:

  1. Use your optical zoom lens. This is a great way to achieve close-up shots.
  2. Move closely in order to make sure you are positioned as effectively as possible to achieve a close-up shot.

Beginning Photography Tips #2 – The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the most important beginning photography tips you should be aware of in order to achieve good results. Some digital cameras today have the ability to place a 3×3 grid over the scene which can help this process. Even if your camera does not have the ability; however, you can image the grid, divided by width and length.

Your subject should ideally be placed on the intersection of two lines but this is in no way mandatory. There is nothing magic with the intersections and the most important thing with the rule of thirds is that it helps you avoid centering the subject in all your photographs. If you place the subject out of the center of the photograph, you will find that you can achieve more visual interest in your photographs.

Beginning Photography Tips #3 – Unclutter the scene

Another reason why some photographs do not tend to turn out well is that they are too cluttered. It can be difficult for the main subject to stand out in the photograph is the background and surroundings are too cluttered.

Try to choose settings where the background is simple and uncluttered. This will help your subject to stand out and prevent it from blending in with everything else in the background.

Beginning Photography Tips #4 – Fill flash

In some cases you may notice that there simply is not enough light from the existing light source. In this case you may need to supplement the light source. A solution to this problem is the fill flash. This is not a true flash as a flash would generally be used at night.

A fill flash works to provide supplementing lighting, or to fill in light in the part of the photograph where the shadows are too strong. This can make a dramatic and immediate difference in your photos.

A typical example is if you take a close-up photograph of a flower in very strong daylight and contrast. In this case you are likely to get fairly strong shadows in some parts of the flower. A fill flash can give these shadows a “kiss” of light to brighten them slightly.

Most cameras on the market today have a fill flash feature. You do not even need to use full manual mode in order to take advantage of the fill flash feature. The exact way in which you use the fill flash feature will depend on your camera model, so you should check your owner’s manual.

Many cameras have a lightening bolt near the main button. By pressing this button you should be able to go through the different flash options.

Beginning Photography Tips #5 – Practice

Many people make the assumption that buying a lot of expensive equipment right away will automatically produce great photographs. While more advanced equipment can provide you with more options, it cannot take the place of practice and experience.

Even a point and shoot camera can be used to take great photos when you spend some time experimenting and practicing. The more time you spend taking pictures the more you will learn and the better photos you will be able to produce.