How to get composition right every time

How to get composition right every time

Cameras don’t take great pictures, photographers do. Your DSLR has several features that can help you out with taking amazing photos, but only you can decide where to stand, which way to point the lens and when to fire the shutter. Consider each of these elements to find the perfect photo composition every time you shoot.

 

Vary your position

It is easy to fall into the trap of shooting all your pictures from eye level. But you often get more interesting shots if you look for ways to position yourself above your subject, or get down low - even if it means lying on the ground.

 

For example, a wide-angle shot from below Big Ben is more dramatic than one taken from a distance.

 

Get in close

You dont need to show the whole of your subject. Capturing close-up details can result in a powerful or unusual picture.

Even without the tower Big Ben’s clock face is instantly recognisable, but this shot also reveals the ornate decoration.

See the light

Even the dullest scene can be transformed into a magical image with the right lighting. In the ever-changing British climate, good outdoor light is often just a matter of waiting for the clouds to break. Patience is a virtue!

 

Pick a style

There are lots of different styles of photography, and you dont have to use the obvious one. Picture postcard views are fine, but this documentary approach works too.

 

Plan to edit

As you shoot, remember you can alter your shots in Photoshop. A crane can soon be removed, for instance. We deliberately underexposed this shot, then tweaked colour balance in Photoshop to create this moody moonlit silhouette.

 

Take an alternative view

You have to try even harder to find fresh perspectives on well-known subjects.

Shots of Big Ben framed by mounted police, or a close-up of an artists sketchpad, do the trick here.