Creation of a photograph is like chords in music. If the picture isn’t composed well, it won’t strike a cord regardless of the professional skill or the story being told. Creativity skills improve over time with constant practice. Here are a few basic composition ideas with images to illustrate each of those tips. Remember, it wouldn’t hit the note unless there is a difference! Keep this in mind as you work on your creativity!
The pictures were all taken at Eastern Washington and they will help train your eyes to see the frames, an important point if you want to take great photographs.
Rule of thirds
The human eye is generally drawn to a point 1/3rd of the way from any image. Keep this in mind as you work on your composition.
Negative space is your friend
Don’t always try to fill the frame. Use negative spaces to your advantage. Remember, it is just as important as the main area or subject.
Train y our eyes to look for lines, shapes, perfect lights and patterns. They give form to your picture and help enhance the 3 dimensional calibers of your subject. Lines lead the onlookers’ eyes inside or out of the picture. Find a pivot subject and then find lines that lead to it.
Frame within a frame
Foreground framing directs the onlooker’s eyes right into the subject. Look for frames of different patterns and sizes. They don’t always have to be windows and fences. They could be branches or hula hoops for example. (Reference: http://www.backdropsource.co.uk/)
Avoid horizon in the center
Set your horizon level and keep it off the center of the image. If the sky interests you pull the horizon down and if the land is more interesting push the horizon up!
Breathe in life to your picture
Try to place a living being in the picture for complementing dimensions and enhancement of the frame to the onlooker of the photograph posture.
Merges breaks a picture
When the horizon intersects with your subject, it completely distracts the onlooker by transferring the attention from your subject. It can ruin an excellent composition. Take time pick up your camera and move your frame to the left, right, up or down to avoid the horizon merge. In the example picture below, I took extra care not to make the skyline meet the edge of the barn.
Bliss of Solitude
Solitude stimulates the creative mind for striking compositions. Subjects like trees, barns, motorcycles, pregnant women portray eternal bliss. I love pulling them into the frame. Here’s a petty collection of such pictures from my collection that have a single tree in the frame.
Try to include a subject that would give the viewers an essence of the scene in the frame with lighting ratios. Use objects or people to whom the viewers would relate to in size in your composition.
Think before you click
As is the case for any kind of photography, think before you click. Make sure there are no irrelevant objects that would affect your shot. If possible move those objects or try to move yourself to see if you can avoid them from your shot. Following these simple techniques will improve y our photography leaps and bounds and keep yourself ahead of the rest. These illustrations do not fit only for landscape photography but for all other kinds of photography.