If you want to snap more impressive photos it is important that you nail the composition and arrange elements in the frame so that they are more visually compelling.
Although that may not sound easy, there are several rules that you can use that could be a big help and make your composition much more impressive.
Fill the Frame
One of the easiest composition rules is to simply fill the frame with your subject, by cropping in tightly around it. If you’re snapping a portrait or want details on the subject to be more visible then this rule will work wonders – and it is also useful in situations where the background isn’t ideal and would only serve to distract from the subject.
When you fill the frame with the subject, you should be aware of how its features line up and the angle of tilt at which it is being taken. To make your photo more interesting, try placing the subject a bit off-center, or conversely placing them directly in the center and using symmetry.
It is important to take advantage of leading lines that may be present in your photos and use them to shape your composition. The fact of the matter is that viewers are automatically drawn to lines and their eyes tend to follow the path they trace – which is why placing important elements along that path can make them stand out.
If you want the only point of focus to be the subject, you could position it at the tail end of a leading line. That leading line could then guide the viewers’ eyes directly to the subject.
Rule of Thirds
The most well-known composition rule is the ‘rule of thirds’, and it involves using a 3×3 grid to compose your photos so that they are more visually interesting. The rule of thirds can be used to position elements in different ways: Along the gridlines, at the intersection points, or even in one of the extreme thirds.
One of the best things about the rule of thirds is that it isn’t exclusive – and you can use it in conjunction with other compositional techniques. For example, when you fill the frame with the subject you can use the rule of thirds to position important features, and similarly, you can align leading lines using them too.
Knowing these three composition rules is a good start, and should help you to snap much more impressive photos. However, it is important to remember that like all rules in photography you should be flexible when using them – and break them if necessary.
In some cases, you may not be able to compose your shots perfectly, which is why it is important to be able to edit your photos after the fact and improve their frame and composition. On that front, Movavi Photo Editor could be a big help as it will let you adjust the frame by cropping, leveling, flipping or rotating it.
Additionally, Movavi Photo Editor will let you directly alter the composition by removing any unwanted elements, or deleting and replacing the background. With its other features, you could enhance the photo quality, apply filters, add text elements, or even touch up portraits – all of which should make your photo look much better.
As an easy-to-use picture editor, you should have no trouble using Movavi Photo Editor – even if it is your first time editing photos. All it will take is a few minutes for you to familiarize yourself with its features and you’ll be able to apply the composition rules to your photos easily.