I know you’re in London, but walking with your head down at top speed is not permitted. Slowww down and turn your head a little, maybe even bend your knees and see life from a different perspective. Most people still take all their pictures from their eye-level with the camera in ‘landscape’ position. STOP!
When looking through the viewfinder, make sure you have a good look around the whole frame before pressing the button. Is there anything distracting in the shot ? Have you positioned your subject in an optimum place?
Composition can make or break a shot. There are a few basic rules that will instantly give you stronger images: If you can place a diagonal into the shot, do so.
Diagonal lines generally work well to draw the eye of the image’s viewer through the photograph. They create points of interest as they cross with other lines and can give pictures depth by suggesting perspective. They can also add a dynamic look and feel.
Try incorporating diagonals into your shots, but don’t get carried away and chop the image in half. Always remember to have a good look around the viewfinder as you compose your masterpiece!
You may have heard of the rule of thirds? The rule states that: The subject of a photograph should be placed on an intersection of the imaginary lines dividing the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically. By applying this rule, you will create nicely balanced pictures that are easy to look at.
That said, I am not implying you should be too regimented with your picture-taking. Bear these tips in mind, but remember that rules are made to be broken!
Other things to look out for are patterns and textures. These can add another element to you photographs and create a talking point. Try zooming in close on your subject, abstracting the every-day into a piece of art.
As much as we can learn about angles and composition, some of the quality of images comes from the type of camera you use and it’s lenses. Next month I will give you a brief overview of what’s available in the market.
Until then, happy snapping!