Do you love capturing precious moments on camera, but need that extra something to make your pictures pop? There are many things you can try in order to make your pictures look more unique and give them the extra edge to be remembered for years to come.
Change Your Angle
Many people take their pictures at eye level. While this makes logical sense, most pictures have this angle. Get a ladder or foot stool to make yourself higher than normal and look down to take the picture. Another interesting angle is at ground level looking out. A different perspective will enhance your picture by giving your viewer a view on life they wouldn’t normally have.
Depending on what you want the focus to be, play around with the people in the picture staring directly at the camera. This will be a more intense looking photo. However, it is also fun to try other options. For example, having the subject look off into the distance focusing on something else will give the viewer the sense of candidness, that you caught them in the middle of something. Or, if there are multiple people or objects in the frame, have them look at each other, which will ultimately speak to a relationship between those people or things. It creates a story.
There are a lot of rules or guidelines when it comes to composition, but this means there are also a lot to break. Purposely breaking these rules will make your picture stand out and look more personalized. The Rule of Thirds is one where you can place your subject off to the side in a frame, instead of being dead center for the shot.
Play around with lighting! Whether it is sunlight or from a bulb, it is fun to try out new ways to light up the shot. You might choose to purposefully over expose the photo or strategically place objects in the way to create shadows. Another thing that could create a lot of wow factor is the slow synch flash. There are plenty of possibilities with this one, so make sure to play around for something you find appealing.
Not many people think to move around when taking photos, but you capture the emotion and the fun movement can create. Why not take pictures of a couple dancing or horsing around? It is surprising the things that can come out of sessions like these.
Encourage your subject to not have to pose, and catch their natural movements. Have them do whatever it is that they love. This tends to work out well with children, who tend to easily get wrapped up in playing.
Using props not only makes your shot stand out, but it will also help to give a point of focus. Although you may run the risk of taking the focus off the subject, but the prop can help to tell a story. For example, try having the subject pose with an umbrella, whether it is raining or not. (Although, I’m sure you could get a fun shoot in the rain.)
It’s time for a close up! An interesting twist to the typical picture is to focus on a specific body part of the subject. This leaves the viewer wondering about the rest of the body. What does their face look like while they are taking pictures of their legs?
These tips are certainly a great start to making your pictures look extra special. These techniques are sure to give you a picture that you will want to hang up on your wall to see everyday.