Photo tips

 

  1. How do you make a classic portrait?
  2. Rule of thirds
  3. Straighten your horizon
  4. Use a reference point for landscapes
  5. Give people and animals space to look (or not?)

 

How do you make a classic portrait

You should position the heads of people at the top of the picture.

A common mistake is to position it at the centre.

 

 

Rule of thirds

In most cases you should divide the picture in 3 equal parts, both horizontally and vertically.

Have a look at this bad composition of a fantastic scenery. Hover the picture to see the division in thirds.

 

1/3 rule

 

Now have a look at this lovely crop of exactly the same picture.

Hover again to see the division and note that the scenary follows the 1/3 rule, e.g. the horizon horizontally and the sun both horizontaly & vertically.

 

1/3 rule

 

 

Straighten your horizon

Straightening the horizon gives your picture a more professional look.

Be as accurate as possible. Often, a small change of less than 1 percent rotation makes a huge improvement.

Rotating a picture is easely done in any image editing software.

Move your cursor over the picture below to see the difference.

 

Straighten the horizon

 

Use a reference point for landscapes

Have a look at the beautiful sunset below.

Sometimes it is a good idea to include an object close to you (the reference point) in the picture. This creates more depth in the picture.

Hover the pciture to see the difference when including part of a palm tree and the beach.

 

Give people and animals space to look

 

Here's another example. The included rail in front acts as a reference point.

 

Singapore

 

 

Give people and animals space to look (or not?)

Often a photographed person or animal is not looking straight in the objective. Try cropping your picture in a way the person or animal has room to look at.

Move your cursor over the picture below to see the difference.

 

Give people and animals space to look

 

Small changes can make a difference. Move your cursor over the picture below to get an impression.

 

Give people and animals space to look.