3 easy tips on composition!

When it comes framing and composition you can do it in so many ways. Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you want to capture what's in front of you in the best possible way. Here are a few quick tips on how to do just that with examples!

1. Rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a classic composition guideline. It basically means that you should imagine a 3x3 grid over your photo and put interesting points where the lines meet or along the lines. (these lines can be displayed on your screen on a lot of cameras, search through your settings)

One simple example is not to put the horizon of your landscape shots dead center in the frame. See if you find the sky or the foreground more interesting and put more of that in the frame when you are shifting the horizon up or down in the frame.

2. Leading lines

Lines is everywhere, and you should think about them more! Use them to lead the viewer's eye to where you want your audience to look. 

In the first example above, the sky makes an arrow that points down on to my subject, and you instantly focus there. In the second example you have a leading line which leads you away in the frame, and the bright spot on the path makes for a good place to focus your attention to.

3. Natural framing

Another super easy way to make people look where you want is to put a frame around your subject. It can be leaves around your subject or shapes you find in doorways and in tunnels. 

5 beginner photography tips

When people ask me tips for beginners, it's impossible to give them one short answer. There is so much to photography, and you will never stop learning. Im not going to ask you to use specific equipment or use specific settings here. Equipment or settings will never get you good pictures alone. Its you who take the shot, not your equipment (well it kind of does but you get the point). Here is some tips I wish I knew when I started out! 

1. Imagine the image in your head before you take the shot

Before you go out and shoot, have a plan, or an image in your head that you want to capture. Your goal is to come as close to the photo you are imagining as possible.

For example you are going out with a friend to take portraits. You remember you saw a picture online of a badass picture where it was side lit and the model was looking towards the light source. It was taken from the waist up and there was a very shallow depth of field. Try to recreate this as much as possible, and when you are happy you can try out other things. Planning is important, not planning like time, location, outfit, hairstyle and so on. Planning like having a picture in your head before you take it.

I knew I was going to a cliff with a view. This is the image i imagined to get before I went there, and i got it :)

I knew I was going to a cliff with a view. This is the image i imagined to get before I went there, and i got it :)

 

2. Dont make it to complicated

Make it simple. The background can easily get very busy and distracting if there is too much stuff. Try not to have so much in your frame, you don't need it. Make it easy to guide the viewer to where you want them to look.

No need to get fancy. Here is a easy portrait with a simple background. The subject is lit with an easy natural side light

No need to get fancy. Here is a easy portrait with a simple background. The subject is lit with an easy natural side light

3. Have depth in your photos

Having depth might sound complicated, but it's easier than you think and you probably do it without even thinking about it. Think about layers when you shoot, with foreground and background. For example, if you are out shooting a model and you find a nice wall. You decide you want to shoot from straight on, make the model come out a meter or two to put some depth in the picture with a clear foreground and background.

Here i have some cups to the left in the foreground, the salmon on the plate is the subject and his hip and back arm makes the background with the rest of the kitchen.

Here i have some cups to the left in the foreground, the salmon on the plate is the subject and his hip and back arm makes the background with the rest of the kitchen.

4. Get inspired by others

If you are interested in photography, you probably watch a lot of photography. The easiest place to find good photography is Instagram. Find a favorite photographer or feature account and watch the photos. Analyse them as you see them, Why do i like it, and how can I recreate it. Dont copy other people, but see how they go on with shooting and editing their pictures and get inspired.

Find feature accounts that you like, then follow the photographers that gets featured to get a very motivational feed!

Find feature accounts that you like, then follow the photographers that gets featured to get a very motivational feed!

5. Put more interesting stuff in front of you camera.

Hands down the most easy and obvious way to take better pictures is to have more interesting stuff in front of your lens. This is not a tip most people think about, but this is the easiest way to get good photos. It does not matter if you shoot on an iPhone or a 5000 USD camera, a picture of this castle on an iPhone will always look better than a picture of something uninteresting on a super expensive dslr camera.

One of my favorite shots of all time, was not difficult at all to take. The difficult part was to get actually make an effort to go there to get the shot.

One of my favorite shots of all time, was not difficult at all to take. The difficult part was to get actually make an effort to go there to get the shot.