I am pretty sure anyone appreciates taking good looking pictures. But what simple things can you do yourself to make almost any picture better? Today I will share one simple trick that is so simple that anyone can do it.
If you haven’t yet heard about the “rule of thirds”, then keep on reading.
Let’s look at the following picture:
Notice that I have put on the “grid lines” on my iPhone. This allows me to take full advantage of the “rule of thirds”. Basically what it means is that you need to place the main subject of the photo on either the left, or the right vertical lines. Also, note that I put the horizon on the lower third of the grid, while the trees and the sky take up the other two-thirds.
By following this technique the picture becomes more interesting and appealing. There is a clear subject in the picture, but you still get to see enough of the environment and there is a good balance between the ground, the trees in the background, and the sky.
The same concept has been applied to this picture. I am on the right vertical line while the horizon is on the top horizontal line. For this picture it would have been a bit better if I was a bit higher on the right vertical line, so my head is above the horizon.
Okay, so does that mean I need to apply this to any picture?
Absolutely not, but it does make many pictures a lot more interesting and better looking. For example, if your subject should be in focus, you can still put them in the middle like the example below.
But if you are on vacation or away on a trip, and there is an interesting environment around your subject, then you will definitely benefit from this technique! Let me know if this helped you.
What do you think looks more appealing? Do you want a focus on the subject, or the environment as a whole with your object having a main role?