photography tips // 1. lighting, composition and angles

Hello everyone.
I am sorry again for my absence, I have been preparing many posts over the last few days but, something went wrong with our internet and It has been down for the past 24 hours - until now!

Today I have the start of one of my most requested posts ever, which I realised is such a large topic that I have to split it up. It is photography! How to get that perfect shot. This post is on lighting, composition and angles, and the later posts will be on processing and editing the photos.

Also, just for you I have included a cheat sheet at the end of this post, for you to save to your computer/device and refer back to later! Just right click on it and select 'save to desktop'.

Please also note that before I start, these are my own methods that I have accumulated over the past few years, and I am by no means professional and I have only been asked to give my personal advice to you. SO, hopefully I can help!

Lets get started!

1. camera angles
Always try to keep your tripod (or just camera if you not use/have a tripod, it really doesn't matter) at an angle that is as low as possible. The left image shows the tripod angled higher up, and the resulting image does not show all of the contents. It also distorts the contents and means that in my set up, the plant was all I could see.

In the left image, it shows the tripod at a lower angle, meaning all of the contents can be seen without being distorted in the final image. Of course these rules are dependent on what your subject matter is, but through my experience and all the things I have photographed, this is what I have found to suit most subject matters.

2. the most flattering camera angles
As you can see in the above images, positioning your camera either directly head on, or directly above the subject matter are the angles you should use most. They can be used for all subject matter and create a simple, beautiful image so that the viewer will focus straight away to what matters most: the contents of the image and not the wacky angle it was taken at!

3. lighting basics
this part is very basic, but of course is very over rated I guess. People always ask how I get my photos so light etc. The main key is, the right wall and the right time of day. For me, because my window faces east, I get all the sun in my room in the morning. The image on the left is an example of this, with the harsh light and over exposure, so please don't do this. Wait until the sun has passed, later in the day, then take the photo. If it still looks a bit dark, do not fret, it is ALL in the editing. Most of my photos are quite dark before I edit them, as I will show you in the next post.

4. composition
Composition is how you put your photos together, but specifically what you put in them. See the left image? For me, something was missing. You have to eye your photos and see if you are using the space to its full potential. In the image on the right, I added an object that was dissimilar to the other two objects (plant, notebook) for example I couldn't have added just another notebook. And for me it was complete.

So this is my final image, after editing and all. Hooray!

And, good luck to you too, see you next time,
chloe x