Photography - My top ten tips

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Tip one

Lead the viewer into your image.  


Have something in the foreground which creates interest and draws the eye in. This would be a very flat and uninteresting landscape without the channel which the eye automatically follows in.

Tip two

Follow the rule of thirds.  


Imagine your image divided into a grid

with nine equal parts by two  horizontal lines and two  vertical lines.  Place the main important compositional elements of your composition roughly along these lines or their intersections. This creates more interest than simply placing the main elements in the centre.

Tip three

Less is often more.


Choose to have one bold colour in an image to make a statement. In this image there is nothing to distract the eye from the contrast between the flower and the snow.

Tip four

The eyes say it all.

When photographing wildlife, try to capture the eyes. Images where you don't see the eyes are far less interesting. Sometimes this may mean getting down low or getting close.  Be careful - it's important that you stay safe and don't disturb your subject. This is where a zoom lens is useful - you can now buy these to use with a phone!

Tip five

Create a mood within a landscape.


In this image the person facing the sea creates a sense of thoughtfulness and contemplation.  The lines of water in the foreground add to the sense of being alone.

Don't just point and click - look for images which say something to you.

Tip six

Try to capture 'natural' portraits.

Portraits often appear less wooden and forced if you can capture the subject not looking at the camera.  Expressive eyes or thoughtful poses make for especially good images.

Tip seven

Look for patterns in nature.

There's always something to photograph! Even on a dull, cloudy day it's possible to come home with some great images.  On a bright day, patterns can look stunning! Patterns and textures can create striking and different images.

Tip eight

The background matters!

Choosing what to do with the background can make all the difference to an image. In this image I wanted the dragonfly to stand out, so I chose an aperture of f5.6 to blur the background (the newest phone cameras often allow you to do this).  

Tip eight

The difference in this image is that I wanted to show the coastal scenery in the background so used an aperture of f.16 which ensured that all the detail in the background could be seen, as well as the plant in the foreground.

Tip nine

Use the light.

Light is one of the most important factors in creating striking images.  Early morning and late evening light provide warmer tones so try to be out at these times.  Shadows and reflections are good ways of adding interest too. In this image, I liked the effect of the sun just catching these rocks and leaving the rest of the scene in dark shadow.

Tip ten

Use your creative eye!

Look for something out of the ordinary. Try to find a different perspective or look at an object from a new angle.  It's easy to take the same pictures as everyone else but, if you take a bit of time and look more closely, you will often find an image that others miss.

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