Simple yet effective photo composition rules to get that perfect picture every time you click from your smartphone.
Before I started Stock photography, I knew nothing about photography. Or any of the stock photo websites. I used to click the pictures just for the sake of it and looking at them in today's time I am positive about it. The idea of becoming a contributor was suggested by One of my friends, and I thought of giving it a try. But before applying as a Shutterstock contributor I watched a lot of videos about mobile photography and below What is Shutterstock? Shutterstock is a website where you can sell stock photos and can buy copyright free photos. I am sharing what I learned and apply in my images. When it comes to our day to day life, we cannot carry a DSLR with us all the time. And we as humans, we love to capture the moments and what other than a mobile phone is an answer to that? Below I have listed, few basic rules of photography to make your pictures look better.
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Rule No. 1 -
Clean your lens. I know you would be like duh. But that the is, the basic and a lot of us do not follow that rule. Our phone camera lens can have any sort of dust, handprints, etc. So carry a small soft cloth with you always and clean your lens before you compose. Please do not use your handkerchief or your t-shirt as it will harm your lens.
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Rule No. 2 -
Rule of Third. It indicates the grid lines that we have in our phone camera while we capture any image. In case you do not have the grids on, go to your camera settings and turn on the 3X3 grid. Using these grids can help you compose your shot in a much appealing way. The rule of 3rds photography divides your frame into 9 pieces. To have a better composition of your shot, this rule tells us to place our subject either on one of vertically two of the 4 intersecting points of the frame. Try to place your subject in this way and you would be able to see the difference yourself.
Tip: If you have an interesting subject you can always fill the frame with it. Sometimes, filling up the frame with faces, or objects can give you unexpected results.
Rule No. 3 -
Hold the phone with both hands. Try and don't use one hand to capture the images, as when you click to capture there is 80% of the chance that you still can have a better image if you click it with both hands. In case you are using a tripod, try to set the timer as 5 secs or more than that. A lot of times we change the focal length in order to get the perfect shot when you change your settings the camera takes time to adjust so try to use a longer timer.
Tip: Use frame within a frame. Using frame within a frame photography makes the images more interesting.
Rule No. 4 -
Leading lines. The trick here is to find lines in your frame. The lines might be architectural or otherwise which will lead your eyes to the subject. As the Image below where all the lines are pointing towards the train. In this way, you are directly able to capture the eye of the viewer.
Rule No. 5 - The rule of odds. This rule says that if you are shooting any object, try to get it in ods nos, 1,3,5,7, etc. For eg if your subject is an orange, capture the oranges in the odd nos rather than 2,4 and so on. When you have the subject in odd nos in your frame the image looks better than that of the even ones.
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Rule No. 6 - Symmetry. The pictures with symmetry in it are always more appealing and catch the user's eye. And we as humans appreciate symmetry knowingly or unknowingly.
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