Traveling to an historic site or event this weekend? Take along a few Friday Photo Tips
1. Keep the background simple
Really look in your camera viewfinder or LCD screen before taking the picture. Is there a telephone pole sprouting out of someone’s head? Is there a row of trash cans across the street from your subject? Yes, you can remove them digitally, but why make extra work for yourself?
2. Place your main subject off-center
In photography, there’s something called “the rule of thirds”. If you draw imaginary lines dividing your image into thirds(both horizontally and vertically), place the most important element of the picture at one of the intersections. As you can see in this photo, the reflection of the mountain peak is placed at an intersection – drawing your eye into the image. In a portrait, place the person’s eyes (the most important element) on a line with the upper third of your image. An off-center subject is more dynamic, an on-center more static.
3. Fill the frame
In the photo, notice how every bit of the frame is filled with the subject. There are no distractions. Don’t be afraid to move in close.
4. Include the foreground
When taking scenic pictures, it adds great interest to include part of the foreground. This photo could have been composed to include only a tiny bit of the water. But by including a large amount of foreground your eye is naturally pulled into the photo.
5. Look for good lighting
The light at sunrise and sunset has a quality every photographer loves to capture. The light at high noon, however, is harsh and unflattering. It casts sharp shadows and makes shooting difficult. This doesn’t mean you can only shoot at sunrise or sunset—however it does mean to avoid those noon shoots if at all possible. When you find the scene you want to photograph, look around and see if there’s an angle you can shoot from that takes advantage of existing light.