Taking Better Pictures

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Photography, Uncategorized


Balance: Placing the main subject off-center and balancing the “weight” with other objects (smaller or lower impact) will be more effective than placing the subject in the center. Balance can be tricky as you really have to compose your scene in order for this to work well. There are two types of balance used in photography.

Formal Balance implies that the object or subject is mirrored in the image. An example could be a close up picture of a face as it will be basically the same on both sides.

Informal Balance refers to balance that uses different sizes, shapes or colours to balance out an image.

(formal balance: 1, 2) (informal balance: 1, 2)

Take some pictures that have balance. Post your top five on your blog.

Composition: Contrast and Simplicity

Simplicity: Try to eliminate unwanted objects or clutter from the photograph. If you are having problems eliminating unwanted objects, try changing the viewpoint of the picture. Use a low-angle shot so the sky is your background. Find natural or manmade solid background (i.e plain walls inside or outside of buildings) This technique can really help your subject pop out of the picture. (more simplicity 1, 2, 3)


Contrast: A light subject will have more impact if placed against a dark background and vice versa. Contrasting colors may be used for emphasis, but can become distracting if not considered carefully. (more contrast 1, 2, 3, 4)

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