I am a member of the Chester Women In Business Network and at this month’s meeting I was tasked with giving a short 15 minute spotlight. I wanted to do something that would be helpful so I put together a short presentation on how to get more creative with photography. These are very basic steps that anyone of any ability can adopt and I am sharing them here on the blog in case they are of help to anyone else!
1. The Rule Of Thirds
Imagine dividing an image up into 9 squares, 3 across and 3 down. When you compose your image, try to place the main focal point on one of the intersections on the left or the right. The same can be done horizontally for example when taking a landscape photo. The train of thought is that this composition is the most pleasing on the eye.
Landscapes would adopt the same ‘rule’ but horizontally. The image of Newborough Beach below has the horizon on the bottom third intersection and then 2 thirds are sky.
The same can be applied to product photos such as this one where the one product was the main point of focus on the right.
2. Leading Lines
Leading lines are very attractive to the human eye! Leading lines lead the eye to the main focal point of an image. There are often great leading lines in architecture and also in Mother Nature! This first example is of an orangery where you will see a number of leading lines on the path, the wall on the left and also on the ceiling. All of them leading the eye to the focal point at the end of the image, the stone fountain.
3. Different Perspectives
By this I mean, get down low and shoot straight on, get down low and shoot upwards. This can create a great arty shot depending on what you are shooting. These pretty pink flowers are called “Pinks” and are found in coastal areas. They are quite small so to take this I had to lie on the ground!
4. Look Up
Don’t forget to look up there is so much more around you than is obvious at eye level!
I am a particular fan of close up or “macro” photography. Nature is a particularly great source of inspiration for this style.
You may or may not have a bridge camera or a DSLR camera but even a phone camera will highly likely have a macro setting you can use to get up close to a subject. Remember as per my Ten Top Tips For Better Phone Photos
Look for reflections. In lakes, reservoirs, mirrors, puddles, even highly polished metals. They can all create some great photographic opportunities.
These examples are the reservoir in Llandegla near Wrexham, on an Autumn day. In the first example, the reflection I wanted to capture, was that of the clouds.
Sunlight is another great reflection to capture on water:
6. Look Around You!
There is sooooo much to see! I am NOT an advocate of carving in trees but I saw this and had to take a photograph of it!
When it comes to architecture and urban decay, there are so many fabulous colours and textures that take my eye. If they take yours, photograph them.
If you fancy sharing what you learn to do with your camera, why not come over and join my private Facebook Group? Whether you are wanting to take better photos for your business social media or your private social media I would love to have you on board. You will find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/makeanimpactonline/