Yes anyone can pull their phone out, open the camera app and begin pressing the button but are they taking pictures that are worth keeping?
Photo-taking is in part scientific but mostly it is art. The key component is composition. Placing the right subjects in the right place is the most important part .
Great photos can be taken with any camera. A phone, a point a shoot, or DSLR or even an old film camera. It is not the equipment that takes the photograph, it is the photographer.
In this post I and some helpful YouTubers will try to help you to make great photos compositionally.
My Composition Tips
- Get close – If you are so far away that you can’t see what or who the subject is than you will be taking seriously boring photos.
- In most instances you don’t want to place your subject dead center. Try dividing the camera/phone screen in to thirds and placing the subject on one of the third lines. This is called The Rule of Thirds.
- I know its hard for us old oldsters because of the bad knees but you have to get low in many situations. Many compositions a far more interesting from a lower vantage-point. When photographing people if you shoot from a standing-up position it may cause distortion because the head is closer than the rest of the body.
- Keep your horizontals, horizonal. Crooked photos not desirable. Just line the bottom of the frame to the floor or any horizon.
- Use the telephoto lens when taking portrait, or at least the most telephoto you have. If you don’t have anything other than the built-in wide-angle lens your phone take a step back a so you don’t get the long-nose effect. You can always crop it later.
- Don’t be afraid to break all of the rules. The just important thing is to create something interesting.