When you shoot, consider “filling the frame”.
This is one of the easiest ways of simplifying. In the picture here, for instance, I used this:
I used these devices:
- Filling the frame. Yes, you can cut off bits.
- Selective focus. This helps “tell the story” and generate interest.
- The Rule of Thirds. Off-centre composition creates a much more pleasant composition.
A little goes a long way, when these simple compositional rules are concerned.