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Changing Your Perspective to Find the Best Photographic Composition

Part of the Digital Photography Composition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you compose a photograph, your perspective is based on your distance and angle to the subject as well as the distance and angle of the subject to the other compositional elements in the scene. A perspective that creates a great photographic composition reveals the subject in a clear and interesting way and positions supporting elements in areas that add to the message without distracting from the subject.

Move around with your camera until you find a perspective that provides a place for everything in your scene. Here are some things to keep in mind when finding your perspective:

  • Try to avoid angles that cause elements to merge in uncomfortable ways. Doing so allows viewers to see the various elements in a scene in the most aesthetically pleasing way.

  • Use angles to convey your message. Try a higher angle to reveal depth in a scene. And get low to emphasize a subject's height.

  • Zoom or get physically closer to your subject to increase how much detail is visible in your subject. Zoom in on your subject when you want to eliminate much of the surrounding environment from your frame. Move your camera physically closer if you want to maintain some of the surrounding information but also get more detail in your subject.

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Digital Photography Composition For Dummies Cheat Sheet


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