I took a photography course at college and I came away with 3 invaluable rules that have really garnered a lot of compliments on my photos.
- First, it is visually interesting and more emotional to take close ups of your subject. If I take a photo of my daughter in the backyard and include our fence, the neighbor's trees, the other homes, I have taken the focus off of my subject. I would rather see her facial expressions, the little dimples in her hands, and her tight clutch on her favorite toy.
- Second, take assymetrical shots. It makes for a more artistic looking photo to offset your subject.
- Lastly, get on the subject's level and take their photo. Or try interesting angles. One of my favorite photos is my daughter on a dock. I got down on my stomach and kept slithering backwards to get a good view of her. She is very tall, so I didn't get all of her, but I did get the details of the dock, her happy expression, and the gorgeous clouds. All the details added up to a picturesque photo.
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