Good composition is important because it will not only keep your viewer engaged, but it will also make your photo more interesting. These tips will help you take great photos. For most beginning photographers, it will take a while to develop an “eye” for composition, but don’t worry because you will get better.
1. When you are photographing your subject, always keep composition in mind. Do not rely on cropping them afterward. While it is okay to crop your photos, you do not want to be spending time cropping every single one in order to get an interesting photograph.
2. Firstly, consider the placement of your subject. You will want to avoid placing your subject in the middle of the frame. “Sweet spots” are where you want to place your subject.
To get an idea about where these sweet spots are located, imagine a rectangular, blank photo. Envision 2 vertical lines dividing the frame into 3 equal sections. Now imagine 2 horizontal lines breaking the frame into 3 equal sections. Where these lines intersect at 4 spots are the sweet spots. For a great photo, experiment placing your subject in these imaginary sweet spots.
3. Use lines or texture to draw the viewer into your photograph. Your viewer is going to be guided around the photo by the lines.
For example, if your subject is a spiral staircase, the lines will draw the viewer around the entire photo. A cycle can be made if you have grass that draws the viewer from the bottom of the photo to the top, and rays of sun that draw the viewer from the top of the photo to the bottom.
Horizon lines can be placed either above or below the center. Lines from subjects such as trees, ladders, buildings, or railroad tracks can also be used to create strong composition.