A few things work very well in composing images. I shall reiterate a few of them here, using recent photos:
First, framing. It is often a good idea to frame the object you are shooting. Use overhanging trees. A window frame. Or get even more creative, like here:
Not that every frame leads to a good picture – but some do, so learn to spot them.
Another technique that we often like: use reflections. Like here, since water is often a good source.
What did I use in the picture above? Yes, my speedlight. On camera, and zoomed in to 125mm, even though the lens is wide. And as you see, I did not use the rule of thirds in the vertical sense: because I wanted to get the reflection in.
There there’s “close-far”. Use a wide lens and get close to something in order to show depth:
And one more picture just for fun:
That images uses the above, plus it uses the background in order to tell a story.
There’s more – like the use of colour, and simplifying. A bit of thinking goes a long way in composing your shots!
A repeat from a previous post – not the same post but I shot the same picture of the Quartier Des Spectacles again in the Montreal Hyatt Regency hotel the other day:
The framing did it for me, and the shadows.
We talk about framing as a useful device to draw attention to our subject. We frame pictures with whatever we can frame them with. Walls. Branches of a tree. Or a window frame, like in this picture.
Or indeed by branches:
St James Cathedral, Toronto
Can you see how I used a very wide angle lens, and I used my flash to light up the tree? I am known as the speedlighter for a reason!
You know how photographers always talk about framing as one useful technique?
Today’s shot of the day shows some framing, of Montreal (taken yesterday from the 8th floor of the Hyatt hotel at the Desjardins centre). Framed by a frame, fancy that:
Montreal Quartier Des Spectacles, framed