Do you want your photos to stand out from the crowd?  What is it that can transform your photo from a common snapshot into amazing photography?

These 5 easy tips for composing a great image can get your photos on the right track.  Let’s dive in shall we?

Composition Tip #1:  Fill the Frame

One of the most common pitfalls of a snapshot is the failure to fill the frame with your subject.  The ‘frame’ refers to the boundaries of your photo. (The top, bottom and sides.)  Unless whatever is surrounding your subject is vitally important to the message of your image, get rid of it!

I went to a family costume party a little while back and was asked to take photos of everyone as they arrived.  Here is one of the shots I took.

Notice that the girl and her mum fill the frame.
Good Example:  Notice that the girl and her mum fill the frame.

As I was also in costume, I handed the camera to someone and this is the shot that came back.

As much as we love the surrounding trees and buildings, they're just not important in the shot.
Bad Example:  As much as we love the surrounding trees and buildings, they’re just not important in the shot.

Can you see the difference?  When you fill the frame, the focus of the shot is on the person and their costume, not the surrounding landscape and buildings.

Part of filling the frame is positioning your subject(s) correctly.  Loads of snap-shooters will place the heads of their subjects in the center of the photo, leaving the photo’s top half painfully naked!

Whoever it was that took this snap of Dan, David and me, sure liked the sky behind us!
Bad Example:  Whoever it was that took this snap of Dan, David and me, sure liked the sky behind us!
My brother Dan had to down a raw fiery pepper at my brother's bachelor party.  This shot fills the frame with what's important.
Good Example:  My brother Dan had to down a raw fiery pepper at my brother’s bachelor party. This shot fills the frame with what’s important.

A good way to learn to fill the frame is by using the ‘Rule of Thirds’.  Click on Page 2 below to learn about it!