What makes an image stand out?

Photographers have the liberty to chase perfection and to incorporate their respective styles in each photo they take. 

Since photography requires immense skill and creativity, each photograph is bound to reflect the photographer’s creative eye and direction. However, many photographers fail to encapsulate the subject’s radiance and beauty in their photos, thus making them seem bland or plain. To avoid these circumstances, here are some tips that will surely make your photos stand out! 

Stay away from distracting backgrounds

This tip is pivotal, especially if your subject is a single object or person using a plain or single-colored background. It will help the viewers focus on the subject more and understand what the photograph is trying to say clearly. Choosing a complicated background may distract the viewer from the main subject, making their eyes stray away from what is supposed to be the main attraction. Moreover, distracting backgrounds only make the shot look messy and disorganized. 

Take photos from the subject’s eye level

Shooting photos from eye level will always evoke a certain poignance to your images. Since eyes are considered as the ‘windows of the soul,’ it provides a new perspective on the subject. This tip is especially helpful when it comes to photographing kids. It will imply that you are on the same footing with them, which will make them respond to you better, giving you a sense of trust. This will also establish intimacy with the viewer and the subject. 

Get close to the main subject

Aside from the eye level, shooting at a nearer angle may also highlight the subject’s micro expressions. By doing so, you can capture their smiles more brilliantly, and you can also highlight the details in their faces–the way their lips curve into a smile and how their cheeks start to puff. These right angles can highlight the object’s points for inanimate objects, such as the crocheted sweater’s complicated patterns and the wood carving’s intricate designs. This is also helpful for advertising as well. Just keep in mind that the best setting for this type of angle is the macro mode (the flower sign, which will blur the subject’s background, adding emphasis to its details. 

Utilize the flash in outdoor photography

Shooting outdoors can be kind of tricky, especially when balancing the light–which can either make your photos overexposed or in high contrast. If your subject is within the camera flash’s range, it can repurpose as a fill light, which will lift the shadows and, in turn, give you a more balanced and radiant picture. 

Apply the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a helpful compositional structure that aids you in positioning your subjects in the best way possible. In your camera, imagine nine segments, consisting of 3 vertical and three horizontal lines. Now, position your subject in one of the points wherein the lines intersect. This structure deviates from the traditional center positioning of the subject and makes the viewers see the subject more conveniently and creatively. However, since most cameras are programmed to focus on the center, you may have to secure the camera’s focus in one specific point. 

These tips are extremely helpful for photographers who are willing to step up to their A-game and wow their clients as well as the subjects themselves. To take a greater step towards improvement, photographers may also opt to use photo editing services that churn out well-edited images that make photographs stand out from the rest. 

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