Many beginning photographers make the mistake of photographing their subject from too far away or not zooming in tight enough, allowing too much extraneous “stuff” in their photographs.
One of the easiest ways you can immediately improve you photography is to move in closer.
We’ve talked about this idea before, but it’s such an easy and quick way to improve your photography that it bears repeating.
Get closer to your subject. Zoom in tight. Fill the frame.
When you are composing your image, decide on what your subject really is. That’s the real picture. Anything else is just clutter. So, for a stronger image, eliminate anything that’s not part of your message.
Get close to your subject.
And this applies to almost any photo. Most compositions can be improved by moving closer.
Let’s look at a couple of examples.
Here we have a sweet picture of a little girl:
But look how the image is improved by simply moving in closer:
This next is a fall photo of a young boy and his best friend:
It’s a better photo when our subjects fill up more of the frame:
So, here’s a quick exercise that you may want to try the next time that you’re out shooting. Compose your image and take a shot. Then take a step or two closer and take another one. See which photo you like better.
Now for more on this, here’s a video by Mark Wallace, the host of AdoramaTV. In it, he talks all about getting up close and personal in your photography.
And we also have a few links for further reading below the video.
By the way, Mark does a lot of really helpful photography videos. He does a great job. For more of Mark’s videos, check out AdoramaTV on YouTube.
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We've seen how managing the ISO setting allows you to control the amount of grain that shows in your photos. But it does more than that. Understanding and working with the ISO setting gives us added flexibility in terms of setting the other two exposure settings–aperture and shutter speed.
The bottom line is that ISO is an important and useful tool, and one that you will want to be comfortable with if you are looking to take creative control of your exposure.