Why Composition Is Key!

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Creating Content Like The Pros


by Aiyla Beau

Hey everyone, have you ever wondered WHY professional photos always seem so effortlessly captivating? Well you're in luck, because I'm going to let you in on a few industry secrets to get your pics popping.


When putting an image together, I like to think of 5 main points and make sure that I'm hitting each of them as best as I can. They are, background, the rule of thirds, triangles, leading the viewer's eye and engagement


So first things first …


Background: when you're setting up to shoot, look at the area you are shooting in and ask yourself: is it clean? Is it tidy? Are there things that don’t “fit” with the image you're creating? For example, if you're shooting in the bathroom and behind you is the washing basket, but behind the washing basket is a lovely white tiled wall... move the washing basket and wipe over the wall. It sounds like an obvious thing to say but so many times I see great pictures of beautiful people and above their right shoulder will be a dirty sock on the floor, an overflowing bin or a bedside littered with make-up and general stuff. Remember you're not the only thing in the shot! You don’t want to be outshined by a pile of washing!


The rule of thirds: This rule is an artistic law in some respects, where you divide a picture equally into thirds, vertically and horizontally, so it is made up of 9 sections. it basically means that things should only ever take up or be accented within a third or on a third line. To explain what I mean imagine you're taking a photo of the ocean from the beach, you have beach in the lower third of the image, sea in the middle third and sky in the top third, you can play with how much sand and sky you have but only using those thirds, so top third and middle third sky, then the bottom third sea and a tiny bit of sand or the other way around. When you add a person into the picture, try and put that figure on a third line, or try to fill two thirds of the space. This rule is probably one of the hardest to explain but if you look at the picture below, the majority of my image is centred in the middle third, making it more pleasing to the eye.