Eric often says “If you want to take better photographs, put more interesting stuff in front of your camera”. I’m not sure where he picked up the quote but it popped into my head this morning and has now become this week’s tip! (well, sort of)
One way to make what you have in front of the camera more interesting is the composition that you use. This can either be achieved by changing how you “frame” the photograph when you take it or by cropping it afterwards. In photography, there’s a term called “rule of thirds”, which is explained in more depth here. The basic principle is that your photographs will be more interesting if you don’t put everything right smack dab in the middle of the frame!
Take this image as an example, by putting her right eye along one of the guidelines, it draws your attention to this point of focus. This is what I wanted because I think she has the most gorgeous eyes!
I often leave a little space around my subject when I’m working. This gives me a little more flexibility with cropping, especially when trying to fit into a certain print size. This is the full frame of this image.
This is how I cropped it. Notice how much easier it is to focus on Ella?
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