Any photographer can take great photographs with some help. Everybody has to start somewhere, and with these great tips, it will make it very easy for almost everyone to take a well-framed shot that looks wonderful and is visually pleasing.
Tip #1. Fill the Frame -One of the easiest ways of generating more impact in your pictures is to simply zoom in on your subject. Either move closer to the subject, or use a good zoom to fill the frame as much as possible.
Tip #2. Dynamic Diagonals -While a straight line is usually an appealing picture, a diagonal used properly can be a very dynamic change sure to catch attention. While you want your photographs to be pleasing, it is always fun to experiment with new concepts and ideas as you become more comfortable, diagonals are a great way of accomplishing this.
Tip #3. Rule of Thirds -For the purpose of this tip imagine your pictures divided into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Place your subject into one of these thirds, instead of the middle of two thirds to create a pleasing effect.
Tip #4. Placing the Horizon -When doing landscape photography one of the most important decisions is where to place the horizon. Most photographers tend to feel most comfortable with a balanced look, however if you step out of the comfort zone and move the horizon either higher or lower in the frame you can create several stunning pictures of the same scene, however with much bigger differences in the final product. This is one of the simplest and easiest concepts to master as long as you make an effort to attempt at this.
Tip #5. Lead-In Lines -These are lines that move from one side of the photo to another. Whether from top to bottom, left to right, or even a zigzag shape through the middle, this type of line draws the viewers’ eye into the photo and tends to create a wonderful depth so that the image does not look flat and boring. A lead-in line is wonderful for rivers, creeks, driveways, sidewalks, and almost anything else that draws the viewers’ attention.
Tip #6. Lenses -If you have a camera that is capable of changing lenses, then change them up. While the snapshot photographer has little use for the several hundred dollar lenses that are sold, there are some lenses that can be purchased for much less, that will create wonderful effects in the photographs that you take. As simply as changing your lens can give the photograph you are framing a much different appearance and greatly alter the way the viewer reacts as well as you yourself feel about you photograph.
These are the simplest and easiest ways for a beginner to master the concepts that govern composition. It is always good and wise to step out of your comfort zone to improve your skill. Reach higher, try new things, and continue altering images to sharpen your creative senses.