Think First, Then Click: 3 Steps to More Interesting Pictures

Think First, Then Click: 3 Steps to More Interesting Pictures

One of the biggest mistakes people make when taking pictures is that they don’t give their picture a whole lot of thought before they just click away. I get it. You’re in the moment, you just want to make sure you get the shot of your adorable little one showing off their latest antics.

But wait! If you want to take your pictures up a notch, stop and think about ways you can capture something different than the norm in your shot. It might mean that you end up spending more time capturing that picture, but at the end of the day, your photos will reflect back at you all the effort you put in.

Make it unique

Try to find a way to take the picture that goes beyond simply recording the memory for posterity. C’mon, you’ve seen your parent’s old albums. Every single shot looks the same! So find a different way to see, and you’ll be amazed at your results.

Sometimes that means physically viewing the world differently. Get down on the ground. Stand up on a chair or ladder (don’t fall off!). Look for a unique angle or background. Something that will make your subject really stand out.

Less is often better!

Try zooming in more than you usually would. I’m not saying you should cut your subject’s head off, but there are no rules saying that every single part of someone must be in the picture: cut something off! They won’t feel it, I promise.

In fact, many times you’ll find that by removing some of the “unnecessary” elements of a subject (hey, who needs arms?) you can increase the personality or the drama of the image, well… dramatically.

That bright orange toy is really fun, but it probably shouldn’t be in your picture!

This one can be tough. Often we are so focused on the person we are taking pictures of, we forget to look around at what’s in the photo with them. It can be a killer because often a really cute shot can be totally ruined by, for example, a potted plant “growing” out of someone’s head (no, of course I’ve never done this… I’m a professional. (and I’m lying)).

Trust me, it is WAY harder to take something unwanted out of a picture after the fact than it is to just move the unsightly object in the first place. Even if it can’t be moved, just walk around your subject until you get to a different angle that places them on a more clutter free background.

Remember, taking pictures is about more than just recording a moment in time. It’s about capturing that moment with the unique style of your own creativity!

So, what’s your favorite way to keep your pictures unique? Let me know in the comments and feel free to post questions.

Keep on clickin’!



2 Responses to Think First, Then Click: 3 Steps to More Interesting Pictures

  1. Great tips Chris! I love the sense of humour you put in there too. But the tips win out! Having been an amateur photographer for years, it’s amazing how many people don’t know how to frame a photo. I know editing programs can help with that these days, but if you don’t know how to frame an interesting photo in your viewfinder/camera screen, you’re also unlikely to know how to do so in an editing program!

    I love that you point out that you don’t always have to have the whole person/head/body in the photo. That’s something it took me years to work out. Videography is similar (the rule of thirds is one I took ages to work out!).

    I’d suggest that people look at magazines or books and look at the photos they like the most of people. THEN notice how that picture is taken. In many cases they will find that only part of the person is in the frame, or the subject is doing something rather than just looking straight at the camera.

    Anyway, it’s the first time I’ve read your blog and I wanted to say I really enjoyed your tips and your style of writing.



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