Make your photo more interesting

In this blog I will talk about some techniques that will increase the interest to your photo. Most photographers already know these techniques, but there are beginners who do not know, for them I will tell.

The first reception is suitable for 4: 3 and 16: 9 photos.

The first method is to shift, let's say, like in physics, the body to the left or to the right from the center of the photo and fill the empty space with something else. In more detail, you can consider this technique on the example of photos. Take some popular such photo.

White lion

Warning: photo cropped!

This photo shows a lion, but it does not sit in the center, but shifted to the right. There is a blurred moon on an empty spot, most likely the photographer attached it after taking a picture of a lion. Our eyesight first looks at the center of the photo, and then the eyes are looking, you can say the body of attention, which the photographer has focused on, and only then you look at the background. In this case, on the background - the moon, which comes to the lion in color, because of this, we secondly pay attention to it. Only then we pay attention to the little things: trees and clouds. This is how our subconscious evaluates the photo.

Swan Reflections

Warning: photo cropped!

Take this popular photo, there are very few items. The swan is very striking in the photo, because the background of the photo is solid and there is nothing there. We really like the photo because there are few details in it and we rarely see it, because of this, we regard this photo as something incredible, unreal, unusual, beautiful. Here the author used this technique, but a little bit wrong, he filled the space with a plain background to attract maximum attention on the swan.

So let's summarize a little, in order to create an interesting photo, you need to shift the main object so that our brain begins to search, make you move your eyes through the photo, and fill the empty part of the photo with something similar to the main object.

On a vertical photo, the same can be applied this technique, only the object should not be shifted to the left or right, but down or up, well, in most cases it is down. As I expected, it will be difficult to find such a photo, as far as vertical photographs are used for the most part to show an object at full height.

A little searching, I found the desired photo.

Vertical fashion portrait in dark tones. Beautiful young woman in black

There was a problem - the photo is too cropped.

In this photo, the author focused on the face and shifted it up, and in the lower part there were hair and black clothes, judging by the photo from feathers, it fills the empty part of the photo. If you put your face down, then at the top of the photo there will be a blank background, and it will not look very good, since our eyes will fall primarily on the background and then on the face.

I will write about the rest of the techniques in subsequent blogs.

I hope I clearly explained. Although I doubt it.

Shorter bye

The translator does not work well.

Photo credits: Dmitrybakulov, Jostein Hauge, Rgbe.

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October 23, 2018


Vlad, keep up the good work. For sure there are people who are just starting with photography, and this kind of instructions are always welcome.(and you get 1 Useful from me :)

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