Better Photography Starts with Composition (Part 1 of 3)

I first fell in love with photography and travel during a one month stint in India. The colors, textures, and people were so vibrant, it was difficult to take a bad photo (which helped a lot). On this trip, I used my iPhone and a DSLR. I quickly learned that you don’t need an expensive and complicated camera to take good photos. In fact, I only want you to use the camera you’re most comfortable with to strip away any complications.

With this blog, I want to break down these intimidating barriers of photography and travel to help you capture the most from your experiences. This first write up will focus on my, not top 10, not top 5, but only 1 photography tip I always focus on first: Composition.

Composition

Composition is key to any image. I don't care if you have the best lighting in the world or the most interesting subject, if your image is composed poorly, it's very limiting! Good composition also gives a static photo depth and allows you to control what the viewer focuses on. 2 aspects of composition I want to focus on are the Rule of 3rds and FMB.

1) Rule of 3rds

The Rule of 3rds is one of the most simple and common techniques photographers and general designers use to compose their image. I figure it’s better to show you with some sketches:

 By dividing your camera frame into thirds and placing your subject on these lines, your composition will be better.

By dividing your camera frame into thirds and placing your subject on these lines, your composition will be better.

 Here's an example of my subject placed in 1/3 of the frame, but the subject can go on any of the guide lines!

Here's an example of my subject placed in 1/3 of the frame, but the subject can go on any of the guide lines!

2) FMB

When you’ve got a good grasp on the Rule of 3rds, FMB does wonders for your images as well. FMB is Foreground, Middleground, Background, or Front, Middle, Back. Essentially it’s important to have something in each part of these spaces to give depth to your photo:

FMB.jpg

If you want any feedback and tips, tag @HappyPandaTravels on Instagram or email me at HappyPandaTravels@gmail.com and I’d be happy to help! Again, just focus on composition for now. Last, but not least, don’t be afraid to experiment! With digital photography, shoot away as your heart desires. Thanks for reading and please subscribe as I'll be posting about every 2 weeks!

Panda Travel Signature.png