How to take a good photograph

With modern automatic cameras the only real challenge left in photography is composition. Read these ten easy tips and learn how to take a photo like a professional.

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With modern automatic cameras the only real challenge left in photography is composition. Read these ten easy tips and learn how to take a photo as a professional would.


1 Line it up
Make sure that you keep any lines in your picture straight. For example keep your horizon horizontal and objects such as the sides of buildings vertical.

2. Be aware of the background
Don’t let an oddly-placed background object ruin your picture. Make sure there isn’t a street sign or tree branch coming out of your subject’s head, unless of course you are intentionally creating a funny picture.

3. The all-important rule of thirds
You may have heard of the rule of thirds. This guideline gets thrown around design classrooms a lot. The rule of thirds is where you divide your picture into three sections using two imaginary horizontal lines, and two imaginary vertical lines. Try to line the horizontal or vertical lines in your picture, such as the horizon or building edges, up with these imaginary lines. Putting the subject of your photograph on one of the intersections of these lines is a reasonably failsafe way of composing your shot.

4. Use the space
If you are using the rule of thirds to place a person in a shot, make sure they are looking into the space, rather than out of the shot.

5. Focus on the subject
Most point and click cameras are good at focussing on the subject of the photo, but sometimes they get confused. Pushing the shutter button down half-way will force the camera to focus, and if it can’t decide on a subject, it will focus on whatever is in the centre of the viewfinder. If you are having trouble focussing on your subject, move the camera so the subject in the centre of the shot, push the shutter button down halfway to focus on it, then without letting the shutter button go, re-compose your photo with the subject on one of the rule of thirds lines. Finally once you are happy with your composition push the button down the rest of the way to take the photo. This can give you a great fuzzy background with a really clear focus on the subject.

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