3 Must Know Photography Tricks
Every photographer has a few tricks up their sleeve. Short any formal training, it can take a long time to learn those tricks. So in an effort to help my fellow creatives just getting started, heres the top three I lean on when composing images.
I love negative space. And its easy enough to find! Blank walls and the sky are the most common. So if you are having a challenge with your location, this is the easiest backup. Here’s some examples!
Shooting into a cloudy sky is a super easy way to get endless negative space. With the subject properly exposed, the background will be blown out and look just like a white backdrop
Another negative space sky image
Over exposed white wall and sky. You can barely make out the wall line in the bottom left of the image.
Foreground: Get some blurry stuff in there!
I use this for portraits a good deal. And if you don’t have any foreground, you can pick up some weeds or a leaf and hold it in front of the camera and no one will know the difference
Here, I’m literally holding some random weed in the left corner of the image.
Purposefully getting the orange localizer antenna in the foreground, it adds some nice perspective!
One way to help get those nice blurry foregrounds and backgrounds is to use a prime lens, and shoot with the lowest aperture you can.
Rule of Thirds: Perhaps the most important!
Ive talked about this on my website a few times, but for good reason. Its the raw thing that’ll make your pictures look “right”. In a nutshell, line stuff up with the points where the lines intersect.
Heres the usual line up, other than just squarely centered.
A little bit more of a hunt on this one.
You could consider this a bit of negative space and the rule of thirds.
Hopefully these simple tips will help you compose better images. Now theres tons more as far as composition goes. If you are interested in some further reading, check out some of these links!lessons, Photography, tips, tutorial