Composition is one aspect of photography that can turn your photos from common and mundane to a piece of art. Anyone can take a photos but the composition is what makes a photo great.
We have narrowed down the most hottest tips that can help you improve your composition and in turn making your photography skills that much amazing.
One of the easiest way to take great photos is to find an interesting subject to shoot. But interesting subjects can always be hard to find most of the times, you feel inspiration less and lost in a jungle full of boring subjects that you find unworthy of your amazing photography skills. Finding subjects to photographs is a simple process but it is significantly different from going on a grocery store for monthly shopping. You will never find a subject just standing there with a label ‘SUBJECT’ written over it. You will have to get out of your comfort zone look around. Rule of thumb can be start from looking from your surrounding areas, trying finding a beautiful landscape maybe at the corner of your street where the sunset looks really pretty. Or maybe a street seller who is selling some goods in a public market. Subjects and stories are all around we are surrounded by them every where we go its just a matter of developing the right eye for it.
- Light is the most important part of any picture without light the pictures would simply fail to exist. The quality of light that is hitting your subject can change the overall story of your photograph. I like to define light in terms of two categories.
- Defused Light is when light creates soft or no shadows. The overall feeling of light is very evenly distributed across the subject. Which is used in most types of photography mainly in portraiture and fashion photography. Defused light can be created by several methods one way is by using a diffusion panel or a soft box. The light can also be defused by reflecting the light from a larger Surface such as as White Wall. Naturally light can be defused by a thin layer of clouds on a sunny day.
After you find the interesting subject and you get the lighting right the hardest part now is how to compose. Where should you place the subject in the frame. Is the subject supposing to be on the extreme left or on the the extreme right, where you place your subject in the composition is going to explain the story of your image. So if you compose the image wrong that means the entire meaning of your picture is going to change it is very confusing at first but hold on. We will get through this as well, we know where you compose your subject in the frame makes up most of the photograph and it tells the visual story of the entire image. Yes, the game gets a little serious now. The question is how to get a perfect composition that is aligned with the story you are trying to explain.
Rule of Thirds
Rule of thirds is one of the most commonly known rule of photography. You can do a lot of research about rule of thirds online and find some interesting examples on how it comes in to play but here I will share with you some amazing tips and tricks on how you can make your composition more effective with the use of rule of thirds and not make it so obvious. Simply Rule of Thirds is understood as framing your subjects on one 3 rd of your frame. Not in the exact center which helps you frame your pictures in a much easier way giving more meaning to your composition. Here is the example of rule of third.
You can use the grid display in your DSLR to get a better idea about rule of thirds and use it in a easier way. Using the rule of thirds allows your subjects to have breathing space on one side which makes the story telling process much easier.
As the name explains it leading lines is a mixture of lines going through your photograph but wait No? You never saw lines going through your pictures or did you? To get a better understanding of leading lines lets break down a picture into its bits and pieces. In the beginning its really hard to understand what lines are all about in the pictures.
If you see closely photographs are all about lines intersecting with one another much like a painting or a sketch you just need to find yours and direct them according to your mood and story onto your digital canvas. Leading lines often help to direct your story in a picture. How the eye will move from point A to point B in accordance with your subject.
NO CAMERA SHAKE
Camera shake can be one of the major issues when starting off with photography. Usually one of the hardest thing to do while taking pictures in a low light situation, is the pictures never quiet end up the way we expect them to. Mostly when you go out to take pictures at night with your newly bought DSLR every picture is either blur or really dark that is not usable in any way. One of the key things and functions to understand is the “SHUTTER SPEED“. You can read more in detail about shutter speed and the exposure triangle on our other blog.
However, over here I will just explain about “SHUTTER SPEED” which is the best suitable shutter speed to take photos in dark lightening situation.
By definition we already know that shutter speed is the closing and opening of the shutter, But the question is how it effects the picture being blur and sharp? If you see the table above, you will see the shutter speed table which explain on what number the shutter speed of the camera is faster and slower. Which means at 1/5 or 1/10 the shutter speed of camera is slow which effects the pictures being blur or sharp. It is often considered that the shutter speed of the camera should be above 1/25 th of a second for good and sharp photos. Even if your camera is not shaking our body makes slight movement and shiver that results in the blur photos.
I have attached a table that explain which shutter speed is best suited for which situation.
In the next blog I will be talking about how to use your camera in a low light situation with a tripod on shutter speeds below 1/25 th or 1/10 th of a second.
Simplicity can be defined as something that is easily understood. But simplicity in photography can be a difficult concept to grasp because according to our understanding photography is known to be something that is amazing and out of the ordinary. We always forget that photography is more about the purity of the moment rather than something that is fake and made up. In the context of composition simplicity can be easily explained, As not to add in a lot of interesting subjects that can be lead to bad composition. Often we try to add so many subjects in a photograph that it gets difficult for a viewer to understand its meaning is miss understood. The example can be stated as try saying a lot of words at the same time and expect the other person to understand about what you are trying to say. Which is impossible because none of your words make sense and connect with each other to make a perfect sentence that would make sense in any language same is the case with photography. It’s a language that is easily understood but hard to communicate.