11 Easy Tricks for Making Your Photos Truly Unforgettable

February 26, 2017

Do you ever wonder how to take a perfect shot? The internet, as well as books and magazines, are full of advice on the subject. LikeAble has already shared with you nine rules for taking the perfect photograph, but today we would like to add to it. Keep reading to improve your photography technique even further!

Framing

Use your surroundings to create a ’natural frame’ for your subject (it doesn’t have to be ’framed’ from all four sides). It can be a window, a door, trees or just a couple of branches. Remember: the ’frame’ should not dominate the whole shot.

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© Gable Denims

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© Iva Castro

Movement

If you’re shooting something in motion, leave free space in front of it — this way your picture will have a more dynamic feel to it.

© Emil Eriksson

© Douglas Arnet

© Seth Sanchez

© Liliya Tsukanova

Direction

Our brain perceives information from left to right, so it’s best to position all the important stuff in the right side of the frame.

© Elliott Koon

© Alexander Hadji

© Mikael Sundberg

© Ramil Sitdikov 

Camera angle

Experiment with perspective (camera angle) — this way you can both show your subject in a new, unexpected way and also tell a whole story without overstuffing the frame.

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© Matteo De Santis

© MJ Scott

© Miguel Angel Aguirre

Negative space

There are two spaces in every image:

positive space (it shows the main subject);
negative space (usually it’s the background).

Don’t forget to keep an eye on what is happening in the negative space; you want it to emphasize your main subject, not cramp it.

© Mohammed Baqer

© Valery Pchelintsev 

© Veselin Malinov 

© Jonas Grimsgaard

Depth

Depth will give your shot a more three-dimensional and rich feel. There are few features that can help you achieve it:

parallel lines, which come to one point in the distance;
gradually dissolving fog will make your photo seem layered;
tone (volume is transmitted through color: darker objects appear closer, and lighter objects appear farther away);
depth of field (if you blur the background, clear objects will appear closer, while fuzzy objects will seem more distant).

© Bas Lammers 

© Romina Kutlesa

© Martin Vaculik

© Egra

Foreground

While making your shot deeper, don’t forget about the foreground: if you add something to it, some object, the audience will feel more involved.

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© Ekaterina Korkunova

© Murad Osman

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Shadows and reflections

Use these elements to make your picture more interesting and dramatic. You can create a visual ’dialogue’ between the subject and its reflection (shadow).

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© Anna Atkina

© Pablo Cuadra

© Umran Inceoglu

The golden hour and the blue hour

’Golden hour’ — the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when contrast seem to be reduced, and light becomes softer and warmer. With this online calculator you can find out the exact time of the ’golden’ hour in your current location.

© Olivia L’Estrange-Bell

© JPatR

© Joe Penniston

The ’blue hour’ lasts for about 20-30 minutes during dawn each morning and dusk each evening, when the light becomes predominantly blue. On this site you can find out when this magical time will come.

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Closed up shots

You don’t necessarily have to have extra expensive macro lenses to make great closed up with your phone. A single drop of water is enough if you carefully place it on your phone’s lens with your finger. Just amazing and easy to do it yourself!

Practice first, experiment later

Once you’ve learned the basic rules of composition, don’t be afraid to break them: this way not only you’ll get a fresh shot, but you’ll also start developing your unique style.

© Alexander Hadji

© Jon Webb 

© Briac Robert 

© Stanislav Novak