Learning how to properly compose pictures can mean the difference between great looking pictures and bad ones. This article will help give you some tips to improve your photo composition and take great digital pictures.Filling the Frame & Clearing ClutterThere are exceptions to this as you’ll see in a second, but generally filling the frame is one of the easiest things you can do to compose interesting photographs.Most people make the mistake of trying to include too much in their picture and end up with a boring photo where nothing really stands out.For example, if you are taking a picture of your child playing on a swing, you should fill the frame of you child on the swing and leave out the swingset and other background clutter like Uncle Ed tending to the barbeque.Otherwise your child will be lost in the clutter and the picture won’t capture the wonderful details of your child’s fun flight through the air on the swing. You can always go back and take a close up of Uncle Ed flipping the burgers.The great thing about digital cameras is that you can see the picture in playback mode to make sure it looks okay. Then if something you hadn’t noticed before is there, like a stray piece of litter on the ground you can re-shoot the picture.
Sometimes leaving lots of empty space in the photo also works well. You may want to fill two thirds of the picture of something like a sandy beach to get a special effect. Just be sure to get a close enough shot that your subject fills at least about a third of the frame. So now it’s time to talk about one of the most important tips for taking digital photographs.Rule of Thirds TechniqueMost pictures have the subject directly centered in the picture with a lot of empty space (or clutter) around them. That happens because most digital compact cameras with autofocus have center weighted focus.Professionally taken photographs rarely have the subject in the center because they use manual focus (we’ll look at a trick that digital compact users can sometimes use). If you have a DSLR you can also use this trick too.The “Rule of Thirds” is one of the most popular techniques. With this method, the photographer imagines six evenly spaced lines breaking the image into nine even parts. Some cameras have a feature that lets you opt to have this tic tac toe grid, superimposed over your image in preview mode.Using this grid in preview mode – or your imagination – you can frame the composition so that the subject (whether an individual, group or object) is on one of the lines of the grid. And you don’t need to line this up exactly. Soon enough using the rule of thirds will become second nature with a little practice.Focus on FocusingNow lets talk about getting your subject focused without placing them dead center in the picture. This method works like a charm for subjects that are still, such as people who are posing, trees, and other still objects. Here is how you do it:
Move your subject in the middle of the frame where your viewfinder’s focus point is in the center and press the shutter release button half way down.
Wait for the green light to glow steadily signifying your focus is locked.
Keeping your finger pressed on the shutter release button so it stays pressed half way down, move the camera until you have the composition you want.
Now, hold the camera steady and press the shutter the rest of the way down.
Always wait for the green light because that is the camera’s signal that it has taken the picture.
More Composition Tips for Taking Digital Pictures (Or Film)
Focus on the the main point of interest of your subject. With people and animals, the eyes are often the most expressive area so they tend to be the center of attention.To make photos pop, develop a photographer’s eye for contrast. The brighter the brights and the darker the darks, the better the contrast.If you want to add interest to your photos, try using different angles for a new perspective. Stand on a chair or lie on the floor. It is best to vary the angle in which you take your pictures so you can show different perspectives and views.Start using these tips and before long you’ll be getting all kinds of compliments on your well composed pictures displayed on the wall.
When winter strikes harder than you think, you have to cover up your body as much as possible. There are a lot of warm clothes for your chest, legs, head and feet, but there is just one clothing item for hands: gloves. As keeping your hands warm is the only way you will be able to concentrate on your work, gloves are considered a must. You couldn’t do much without them in most cold climates. Leather gloves are a must have for winters, as they last longer and look better than just an ordinary pair of cotton or wool gloves.There are gloves for every purpose. For keeping your hands warm, you should go for winter leather gloves, which are made from the skins of rabbits, deer, cows and lambs. The use of leather ultimately translates into a higher price, but a much longer life than cotton or woolen gloves. Not only are they attractive, but they are warm enough to withstand even the heaviest of snowfalls. Unlike sweaters and warmers, one pair of gloves will keep you warm enough and you won’t need to wear another pair on top. Gauntlet gloves, a popular type of gloves, add to the warmth as they cover some part of the wrist as well as the hand. They usually act as a warm covering between the jacket’s cuffs and gloves. With tucking your jacket cuffs in gauntlets, you can be sure to block any possible wind from entering your jacket.Gloves are meant for withstanding snow and cold winds. Some are even waterproof, with others being just water-resistant. Water-resistant gloves can resist water up to some extent. You can’t submerge them in water and expect them to be as good as new after a few months. Even the leather has its limits and needs some care from the user.Gloves are both machine-made and hand-woven. Hand-woven gloves are more expensive than the machine-made ones but more attractive as well. High quality machine-made winter gloves come with a pre-curved design and give maximum comfort with an easy fit. They also have stretchable panels on the back allowing the hands to be stretched without the glove tightening and causing any discomfort.They come in different sizes and colors. The most obvious colors for men are shades of black and brown, while women’s gloves are of both dark and light colors. Men’s gloves are wide and have a manly look, while women’s gloves are small, giving a feminine look. Apart from keeping you warm, they are considered a part of the rest of your attire too, so the choice of the color and style of gloves shows your taste of fashion.When buying leather gloves, always try them on first. The fitting, look, comfort, everything can be checked by a mere try on. If you fall in between sizes, then be sure to pick the next larger number. A small glove is not recommended as it may tighten the nerves of the hand and be a cause of continuous discomfort.