The difference between a good photographer and a great photographer is creative composition. Knowing the what, where and how of composition will put you ahead of your peers and help you create a dynamic image every time. The best images are never taken by accident. They are carefully composed before the shutter button is pressed. By carefully selecting and positioning your subject matter in a composition you will be able to create a successful image every time. Here’s how.
1. Visualise your image
Know what you want in your image before taking it. Composition is not luck or chance. You don’t shoot a great photo by chance. By considering what you want in your image and placing it according to the rules you’ll be able to repeat great images all the time.
2. Choose the right subject matter
When visualising a scene there are always several possibilities for a subject and related elements in the photos. By choosing the right subject for a particular image you will create the perfect image. The right subject for the right scene will create the right photo.
3. Choose the right focal point
It is essential when choosing a subject to place it on a focal point that will create interest in the image. This is the area that draws the eye of the viewer into the photograph. This focuses the eye on the part of the photo you want to emphasise. There may be several possibilities but choosing the right one will create the best possible image.
4. Choosing the best format
Most photos are shot in landscape or horizontal format but try turning the camera to see a portrait format could work better. In between the two is a 45 degree angle which makes an image dynamic with the diagonal lines created by the tilted view.
5. Watch the background
A busy background can be distracting and detract the eye from a perfect subject and overall composition. Use a shallow depth of field to blur out a busy background. Plain backgrounds always work well in an image so look for the best background before creating the composition
6. Lines that lead the eye within image
Although you have a great subject and overall good composition placed on a good focal point you still need something more. That is lines, vertical, horizontal, diagonal and converging. If you can place your subject on a focal point at the end of a line such as a shape or a curve it will lead the eye to that focal point of interest. By directing the eye within an image you will create a much more dynamic photo.
Composition is king when creating photos and a successful overall composition will result in a stunning photograph which is what we all want achieve. By putting just these six steps into practise regularly will help you see a dramatic improvement in the resulting photos. Happy shooting!