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Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing 3 composition tips I thought of while I was working on some photos for my latest partnership. Editing can become strict and repetitive if we allow it to, so as I was bumping some fresh new tunes courtesy of EZI (seriously, DaNcing in a RoOm is a total bop) I was inspired to mix things up!
(1) Rule of Thirds… Sorta
While rules are rules, we can certainly play with them. Instead of my normal portrait crop, I went for a more open landscape. You can also see how the left column is the park entrance, the middle is myself, and the right is foliage. It helps to tell a story (walking into the park towards the greens) that would otherwise be lost if I had just cropped out most of the entrance + foliage.
(2) We Don’t Always Have to Center Our Subjects
In fact, sometimes using the left column (or vice versa) can add a new look to a photograph that already has a flat background! You can also try different crops to enhance the pose or certain outfit details.
(3) Capture That Movement!
I love movement photos since they feel so alive! If there’s a small amount of blur in your photo (like my outstretched boot in the photo above this) it can help retain the vitality of a photo rather than having it be still and making your subject look posed.
I hope these tips inspired you to break the binds of the ordinary, and find a new kind of flair! I’m certainly still working on refreshing my style, but it’s little changes like these that can make your photos feel new and unique. A big thank you to Madden Girl (little sister brand to Steve Madden + the embodiment of individuality with just a bit of edge) again for these super cool boots!
If you use any of these tricks, tag me in your photo (@dessiekenna) so I can support your awesome art and send some instalove your way. Till next time!