4 Simple Compositional Rules That will Elevate your Photography

4 Simple Compositional Rules That will Elevate your Photography

There are four essential things that good photography needs in order to produce High-Quality Photographs. These are LIGHT, COMPOSITION, SHARPNESS, AND FUILD NATURAL POSING. In, the beginning of my photography career back in 2012. I learned five composition rules to helped me while shooting natural light portraits. It took my work to the next level and assisted me with developing my photographer's eye for shooting locations.  The photography definition of composition is A technique a photographer uses to bring the viewer of the photograph to the essential parts of the photograph which can be the model, or clients face, shoot props, or even backgrounds used.

1.     Foreground Interest: The use of foreground interest within your photography adds depth and dimension to your images. It creates a dynamic visual element to your subjects shooting environment.  Capturing the foreground is a unique way to create a variety of looks for your client’s album, portfolio, or photo products. It’s also important to shoot at a low aperture ranging from 1.4 to 2.8 to blur to the foreground to bring focus to the subjects face. Another tip is to shoot above them using a step ladder. Here are examples below. The lens I used for these shoots is the 85mm for subject compression. You can use foreground interest by laying your subject in a patch of leaves on brick streets, or even in weeds. Using the foreground as the background for your portraits brings an intimate feel to your photographs. It draws the viewers eye to your subjects face.

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2.     Framing: By framing your subject utilizing natural elements included in your surroundings adds a three-dimensional look to your photographs. it creates a focal point for your photographs and leads your viewer to your subject within the frame. It also adds shape and adds an element to your foreground which brings out extra dimension and depth. When choosing a place to frame your subject look or alleyways, doors, city windows, pathways,  fences and gates. Also, look for the backlight to add contrast behind your subject to make a nice rim light around him or her. 

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Lenses used for these photos are 35mm, 85mm, and 50mm which I don't own anymore I mainly now use 35mm

Lenses used for these photos are 35mm, 85mm, and 50mm which I don't own anymore I mainly now use 35mm

3.    Leading Lines: Leading lines are a composition given. Using leading lines in your work with feature lines leading directly to your subject. You can implement leading lines by looking for brick walls, gates with lines, railroad tracks, grass trails etc.

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4.   Negative Space:  Using negative space allows your subject to take front and center or your photograph. You can use negative space in the middle of streets, and alleyways,  Negative Space creates and dramatic mood to your photos. Examples below. 

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