Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Hey, What Are You Looking At?
The key is simplicity. Minimize what is in the frame. Be clear about what you are taking a picture of. Where do you want the viewer to look? Is there something competing with it? Then eliminate it from the frame or minimize the attention it draws.
How do you eliminate something from the frame? Try getting in closer. Try changing your point of view or the angle of the camera. If possible, remove it. If it's a piece of litter on the ground that is distracting, pick it up. Is there a bottle or glass on the table competing for attention? Move it.
How do you minimize the attention something draws? Adjust what is in focus and out of focus. Carefully choose the placement of your subject in the frame. Look at the relative size and brightness of the objects in the frame and adjust accordingly. The eye tends to go to what is big and what is bright. Even if the main subject is big, a bright area or object that is not the subject will compete for attention, no matter what size it is.
Be clear in what you are communicating in the image. Keep it simple. Eliminate or minimize distractions. Make sure everything else supports the main subject. Gosh, this applies to so many things in life, doesn't it? Keep it simple and make sure people are looking where you want them to look!