Take A Composition Challenge

Written by Gina Stephens

As photographers, we're perpetually wanting to improve our technique and learn now ways we can take better photos. So, to help you do this, here's three challenges you can set yourself which choose not only get you thinking a bit differently but they'll also help you think more about composition and as a result, you'll hopefully produce superior photos. 


Photos by Rick Hanson which show what you can capture by staying in one spot in our garden. 


1. Decide One Spot And Stay There

When you're out taking photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic it's easy to walk and click so you take take is a single continuous recorded performance lots of photos of everything that are adequate, but not 'wow'. By sticking to just one spot in one location, you may start to notice things about it that you'd usually miss. You don't in reality have to travel a great distance to try this either as by picking one spot in your home or garden to take photos from you'll very likely discover photo opportunities you didn't even know existed until you actually took the time to slow down and really beneficent your eyes. Play with your zoom, change your angle and pay attention to your composition and the light. Also, innocent things such as focusing on colour or texture can completely change the look / feel of a shot, too. 


2. Don't Take So Many Photos 

Why not limit the gang of shots you can take in one location? To really set a challenge, only take one photo in each location you're stopping to take a photo. By doing so you'll categorically think about your composition and study the scene in front of you to ensure you've found the best spot possible to take your one photo in. Don't lose to assess the light, too as you may find that waiting for the sun to shift position could help you create a better shot. You don't want to lose real light, though so pay attention to how clouds are moving and hit the shutter button before it's too late. 

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If you find this too restricting try setting a nip limit before you head out of the door and make sure you stick to it. By doing so you should be able to improve the quality of the images you take as you'll be determination the best shots through planning and careful thought. 


3. Use Less Equipment 

Instead of carrying a bag full of lenses why not impartial use one that has a fixed focal length? By doing so, you'll really need to think about what you're going to photograph because without a zoom your convergent length is limited so rather than relying on the lens to do the work you have to get those grey cells warmed up and your feet moving to suss out a position/shot that works.   


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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