There is going to be many things you discover over the course of your career. But it is good to know the fundamentals of taking a great photograph. Let’s go over three tips for taking great photos.
Tip #1 Rule of Thirds
Photograph by: Timur Saglambilek
When you are working with the Rule of Thirds it is important to include you subject along a grid system. There are four points along that grid that intersect. Those intersections you want to include your subject. Below is draw over of this example to help you visualize the points of interest. You can see both of the points intersect at the pots.
Below are some photographs I have taken using the Rule of Thirds.
Now see this same photo using the grid, notice the intersections points
Here is another example of my daughter…
Tip #2 Leading Lines
Another great tip in making interesting photos is taking them following natural site leading lines. In this first example I have provided a photograph of a garden. Notice the lines drive your eyes to the end of the picture. When you use the natural lines it provides interest and draws you into the photograph.
Photograph by: Ciao
Now lets look at my lines I drew over the above photograph to give you a visual perspective of the natural lines in the photograph.
Let’s now look at some examples of the photographs I have taken to show these kind of natural leading lines.
Here is the draw over for you to visualize the leading lines into the courtyard.
Here are some more examples of leading line photos I have taken.
Tip #3 Depth of Field
Another interesting skill set is being able to take photos using a contrast between your subject and the background. This Depth of Field concept or Figure to Ground creates high contrast on your subject verses the background. Or it can be the other way around you can focus on the background verses the subject. Lets look at the example below.
Photograph by: Skitterphoto
Source: skitterphoto.com https://www.pexels.com/photo/ship-rope-dock-cargo-9318/
Can you see the contrast in the above photo? Let’s look at my draw over this photo below. Notice the rope in the front is more in focus than the ship that is behind it. This points the interest on the rope leading up to the ship in the background that may not be as important. You can accomplish this by selecting your focus on your subject while the background is more not in focus.
Let’s now look at some of the examples of this I have taken in my own photographs.
Notice in the picture above my son is more in focus than in the background. This gives more of a high contrast to him than it does the background. The background was less important in this shot.
When taking photos there is a lot to take into consideration. But you need to not fear to break some of these rules or think you have to use all the rules in your photograph. You can take great photos if you think about the positioning of the subject to the background. Move around with your camera to different positions until you capture the subject in a way that fits one of these tips.