Get the point of your photo across

The art of symmetry
Composition is all about helping the viewer see what the photograph is about almost instantaneously. Without proper use of the elements, a photograph will fail to create visual interest and consequently fail to make a mark in the viewer’s mind. There are many compositional techniques but all images with good composition will consist fundamentally in first, having a clearly-defined subject and background; second, a sense of balance; third, a point of view, and finally fourth, a degree of simplicity.  Subject and background is the first thing you may want to consider when you’re taking a photo. What is your goal? What do you want to show in the photograph? Many times as happy-go-lucky shooters, amid their excitement, people will try to include everything in one shot. For instance, you want a photograph of yourself with a huge old castle in the background. People often think that because they need everything in one frame to show “I’m in front of an old Germanic castle”, they need everything (both you and the castle) in one photograph. This is not necessarily true, especially if it’s going to result in an image with a small you and a looming castle behind as well as other people and elements disrupting the photograph. As your own viewer, you might think that there’s nothing wrong with this because you understand what the subject is in the photograph. However, if you show this to someone else, they might have a harder time pointing out what it is you want to say because there are so many things happening that it’s difficult to say what the point of the photograph is. Remember that the decisions you make in composing a photo ought to help contribute to knowing what the subject is in the photo. In this particular example, you can have a nice portrait of the person and still have the castle in the background, and the viewer will still be able to understand through self-interpretation that it is a photo of you with the castle. In this manner, you are helping the viewer’s eye identify what the subject is–you with the castle.
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Composition: the secret to taking photos people will remember

The importance of lighting
Most top photographers will say that composition and lighting are the top two elements that people should have knowledge of before taking photos. This article will discuss why it is recommended and almost necessary for you to make an effort to study how to compose photos if you want your photos to stand out. Composition in the general field of the arts is a way of arranging elements in a work of art such as music or literature. In photography, composition is the act of arranging elements in a photograph to suit the photographer’s goals for the work. These elements include lines, shapes, colors, textures, tones, forms, space, and depth. A mastery of these elements develops the photographer’s sense of balance, helping create more aesthetically appealing pictures. Knowing how to manipulate these elements according to your goals will also teach you to be able to deliver a dramatic and engaging story within your photo using those elements–which is one of the primary goals of photography. Moreover, because you are able to masterfully play with these tools in accordance to creating a story, your photograph all the more becomes more unique and more you when you experiment with different composition techniques to suit your needs. Composition is the reason why photographers produce different photos even if they have the same subject: each element that is used and put together in conversation with the other elements as it is executed in different composition styles produce different permutations, perspectives, and stories of the subject. Each movement has a deliberate purpose that serves the vision of the photographer. This breathes the photographer’s personality into his work. So if you want to be able to produce work that truly speaks your identity while being able to create beautiful and engaging photos, study composition.
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How Top Photographers Define The Core of A Good Photograph.

What makes a good photo?
Regardless of the differences in their techniques, many professional photographers will agree that what makes a good photograph is its ability to evoke emotion from its viewers–even if its technicalities are terrible. Technicalities of photography include subject matter, lighting, composition, and a sharp focal point among others. They will say that lighting is fundamental, composition contributes to impact and aesthetics, and good focus helps draw our attention to the subject. But even if all the aforementioned were executed well but the subject matter was left bland, then the entire photograph will fail in inciting emotion in its viewers. The photograph then fails to be considered a good photograph. The sentiment behind this claim is premised on the idea that we are bombarded today by so many photographs in the Digital Age that the usual response to photographs is indifference.  This blandness of subject matter is commonly a result of people not caring about what they’re shooting. This usually results in shooting everything in sight. As travel photographer Tanveer Badal says, caring about what you shoot forces people to pay attention to things ordinary people take for granted or even fail to notice (e.g. light, weather, seasons). Photographs should be able to engage an audience, transport you in a particular moment in time, and tell a story. If you are able to reflect the story of your individual experience, then you will be able to create something unique that will eventually put your photos on top of other people’s photos to further yourself.
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How to make it simple

Balance is key.
One of the most essential components to creating good composition for your photographs is the element of simplicity. Simplicity is essential for making it obvious to the viewer what exactly you want them to see and where exactly their eyes should go. What makes a seemingly simple concept difficult is because our brain is able to focus on the things we want to focus on in a scene so sometimes we can’t see that we’re actually framing a wide image with extra components that clutter the shot of the object in focus. Remember that the center of interest in your photos should have the most visual attention. There are a number of ways to simplify image. You can firstly select uncomplicated backgrounds so as to avoid them from stealing attention from your subjects, you can crop them by moving in closer and exclude as much of the surroundings as possible, you can use depth of field effects to blur out the background, or even use tonal effects to highlight what you want and push the other elements you don’t really need into the background instead of the foreground where it competes with the central visual interest. As a photographer, you should always keep in mind the reason for taking that particular photograph, that particular scene. What is it that you want viewers to clearly see? If it is the case that you want to include some of the elements in the environment, you should try to keep the image as uncluttered as possible, only including the elements that complement the center of your interest and make your image stronger.
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