Most of today's cameras use point and shoot technology. But there is one thing that we do have complete control of and that is the composition of the photo. Almost anyone can take a quality picture. Here are a few things to ask yourself before using your camera and taking a picture.
Ask yourself what is the focal point of your photo. Are you focusing on something living like a person or animal, or something in the background, like the landscape? Think of the main idea of your picture before snapping it.
What is the best viewpoint? Maybe you should move to the left or right, back up or get closer, zoom in or out. As you assess the best position, the appearance of your picture would change. Avoid anything that may take away from your ability to take the right picture.
An easy way to estimate the composition is to make a viewfinder with your hands. Put the tips of your thumbs together, hands flat. Simulate the square on a viewfinder by using your forefingers and thumbs. You would then be able to see your subject in a better angle by putting the square in front of you.
Here are some tips on how to set an effective background. You don't want the background to contain objects that are irrelevant to the center of focus. The best backgrounds are subtle enough to not overshadow the foreground.
What makes an effective foreground? The foreground should be the lure for the viewer to look at the focal point of the picture. Like the background, the foreground should be subtle yet powerful, but not overshadow the main focus.
Don't take long pictures where the sky takes up most of the shot. Perspective is an effective tool in making these long shots look more interesting. A road, path, or other objects with strong lines can lead the eye deep into the picture.
If you wish to add to the background of your picture, a long shot would be ideal for this situation. Watch out, though, because you may not be able to recognize the picture's human subject. If the subject is human, it would be better to move a bit closer. Closeups can get yield some great facial expressions, especially if the shot is unplanned.
Do you have a digital camera? The world is your oyster, so to say, so take as many pictures as you can. You would then have enough pictures to select between the good shots and the bad shots.
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