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Composition can be crucial in your photos. It can make or break the entire thing, so I have gathered a few tips and guidelines that I have learned in order to get the most out of your shot.
To center or not to center? Rule of thirds: It is very easy to use the rule of thirds; you just split (either in your mind, or using the settings of your camera) the image into 3×3 and make sure that your object is in the middle rectangle. However, if you want to make a photo more interesting or give a different effect to it, you can absolutely break this rule. It is sometimes more intriguing to place an object on the right/left side of the picture, rather than the center. It is all a matter of what you want to achieve with it.
Perspective: This aspect is really important, in my opinion, when taking a picture, because it can totally change the appearance of your subject/object. For example, if you shoot a person from below, this will make their legs appear larger and head smaller; and vice-versa, if you shoot from above. The same goes with objects: you can get different effects on a product by using different perspectives.
Far away/very close: This is also somewhat a matter of perspective and it should be paid attention to when taking a photo. If you shoot a product from far away, but none of your readers will be able to see what the labels or product name says (unless they’ve got supervision). You can, however, edit this by using the cropping tool later on (which will be dealt with in the next post). Another way to shoot a product is up close. These type of close-ups can make product look really interesting, so you can play around and see which way you prefer.
Declutter:Do not, – I repeat – do not take pictures with a messy background. Even if it’s your outfit or an up-close product, readers can notice clutter in a picture and it just takes away its charm and makes it look less professional. So if you’re not in a huge hurry, clean your desk before taking a picture on it.
Multiple products: It can be tricky to take good pictures of a compound of products, but the tip that I can give you is to just experiment with it. Everything depends on the size and shape of your products, so just move them around, set them up or laying down, shoot them from above and from surface level and just see which one you prefer. And have fun! This is a part where you can get the most creative, I think.
Even when you follow all of these guidelines, there are sometimes when you export your pictures and notice that you could have added a bit more light or centered the object better. Do not sweat it, all of these can be edited away, which I’ll be discussing in the next post.
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