Photography is a creative art, no doubt, but creative doesn't mean doing everything willy-nilly however you want. Use these basic rules of composition to give your photos an extra boost of visual appeal.
Photo by Maike Baird.
At the photography blog Amateur Snapper, they've put together a great list of some of the basic rules governing photographic composition. Whether you're a long time shutter bug or a just taking an interest in life beyond snapshots, the list offers a great "shopping" list of techniques to try out during your next photography session. Among the tips, use leading lines to direct the viewers eyes.
When we look at a photo our eye is naturally drawn along lines. By thinking about how you place lines in your composition, you can affect the way we view the image, pulling us into the picture, towards the subject, or on a journey 'through' the scene. There are many different types of line - straight, diagonal, curvy, zigzag, radial etc - and each can be used to enhance our photo's composition.
Their list of techniques ends with a bit of advice well repeated in the age of digital photography. There is no additional expense through film or processing fees when shooting digital, experiment as much as you want and delete the chafe. For more tips and tricks for getting the most out of your photos make sure to take a peek at how to avoid mediocre portraits and take better self portraits. 10 Top Photography Composition Rules [Amateur Snapper]