How to take better photos - focal point tips

March 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photo - Focal Point Tips

 

 


Photos should have a focal point -- this helps the viewer engage with the image. Having a focal point guides the viewer to what you want them to see and keeps them from looking all around the image with no real purpose.

When you look at an image, pay attention to where you are looking -- if you are in the USA, your pattern will most likely be like reading a book: top-to-bottom and left-to-right.
 


Most of us are probably conditioned to having focal points smack dab in the middle of an image -- while that is okay, it can be a bit boring. Practice putting the point of interest in different parts of the frame and see if you can make it more interesting.
 



Start playing around with framing your images -- especially if you are shooting a digital camera, you're really not out anything by trying some different things.
 


The flagpole is shot with my iPhone with it on the ground looking up. Are you able to "feel" how it pulls you up into the image? I like how the pole is anchored to the lower right corner too.


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