I love composition, and if done well, makes an otherwise so-so picture look amazing! It is that powerful. I have come to realize that some folks just have a natural eye for composition, like my teenager does! But this is something had to learn and train my eye for, and I hope you find these tips useful and you will notice a significant improvement in your pictures!
What is involved in composition? It boils down to how you are guiding the eye to a particular space in your image, and you are balancing negative and positive space, because that makes our brains really happy and content.
How do you do this you may ask?? Well, I have advice!
Notice on this impossibly cute baby perfection I posted above? Her eyes are on what is called a “rule of thirds” line. If you divided the image in 1/3’s, horizontally and vertically, you get these third’s lines, and if you can take your picture so that the main subject of the pictures falls near that third line…you are doing awesome. Even better yet, if you can get the eyes on that third line, or take it next level and get one of the eyes right near where the “third lines” intersect. Below is what those rule of thirds lines look like.
And this image below is what it looked like before I did some cropping. Now I realize that not everyone has access to the ability to crop an image like I have here, but this concept is pretty easy to follow in how you move your camera before you take your picture. I still wanted to show you this before picture, because this baby had the most glorious cheeks, and her blue sparkling eyes, and I really wanted that to be the focus point of this picture.
It is still a great picture above, but if you notice when you look at this, your eyes might first look at her face, but then you will find your eyes wondering around the picture, looking at her hands, her pants, and maybe the leaves in the grass. Composition helps to keep that eye where you want it to focus!
Ahh, more cuteness. Notice this guy is centered, but his eyes are on the top third line. Below is the same image and his face is dead center of the image…and it just does not have the same power and does not feel as balanced as when I follow the rule of thirds.
Above, her eyes are quite close to the top intersecting 1/3 lines. I also have a good amount of negative space, and when looking at this picture my eyes settle right on her face and the sunlight.
I will discuss more about composition in my next post, and about negative and positive space. Thanks for hanging with me and reading! I hope I was able to explain this concept clearly. Start using composition rules next time you snap a image of your kiddos, and I think you will surprise yourself!!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!!