Some people just seem to have been born with a natural talent for “seeing” the perfect composition, and hopefully, you are one of them; however, if you find yourself having to put in a little effort to find the best framing, I have good news for you–it gets easier. I promise. There are lots of little tricks and “rules” you can use to help you get more interesting shots, and there’s also exercises you can practice, that will help train your eye to see in a more photographic manner. Here’s a few to get you started…
Hold Your Camera The Other Way
How many of you shoot the majority of the time in landscape (horizontal) orientation? The truth is, a lot of us do–I know I’m guilty!
We get so accustomed to always holding our cameras in one orientation or the other, it rarely occurs to us that we can turn it the other way and compose an entirely different image. It’s not that we’re deliberately being lazy, but, in a way, when we form habits like this, we stop challenging ourselves to think and see differently.
Next time you’re out there shooting, make a mental note of which orientation you shoot in the most and challenge yourself to try the other way, too. Remember, all of your landscape photos don’t need to be in a landscape orientation, and all of your portraits don’t necessarily need to be in portrait orientation. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!
Tiffany Mueller is an adventurer and photographer based in Hawaii. When she's not climbing volcanoes or swimming with sharks, you can find her writing articles and running the official blog at PhotoBlog.