Take the perfect photo with these 9 tips

Take the perfect photo with these 9 tips

Looks quite simple, but behind such a picture brain work is: The young Quad driver sits not in the middle, but approximately in the right third of the picture, the Quad as a foundation in the lower third. The horizontal line of the mound forms a demarcation between the foreground and background and thus creates a depth gradation. The eye first detects the buggy driver and then automatically moves to the left into the distance. Also, in terms of color, a particularly muddy-earthy vibe was created here by lifting the yellow tones. Photo: Getty

By Martin Lewicki | 28. July 2017, 12:03 pm

Smartphones have reduced taking photos to a single click. And that’s exactly how they often look: shot completely uncharitably, just to capture a moment quickly. With a few tips you can achieve really great results. We explain how this works.

We travel the world, always have our smartphone with us as a quick snapshot, and many even have a high-quality digital camera. We experience unique moments, see fascinating landscapes, exciting cities and special people. All this is what we would like to capture in a photo forever. But why do some photos look impressive and exciting, while the others fail to inspire the viewer?.

The secret lies in the correct composition of the image, that is, the composition of the photo from the individual elements. There are a few elementary rules that help to compose the picture correctly and to emphasize the special things.

1. Apply the golden ratio

With cameras and some smartphones, a grid can be superimposed on the display. This is especially important to position your main subject correctly. Instead of being in the center, it should be on the outer lines, i.e. in one third of the image at a time.
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Most of us always try to put the most important thing in the center of the picture. But the result usually looks boring. Therefore it is better to position the desired object a little to the side of the picture. There is even a rule for this, which is based on the famous golden section. Think of the image as being divided into three parts, both vertically and horizontally. The motif should then be positioned in one of the outer thirds of the picture.

On the one hand this looks more exciting, on the other hand the viewer gets a point of orientation and can let his gaze wander inwards from there. If the subject is exactly in the center, the information is scattered all over the picture.

If you can, you should have the grid with 9 fields (sometimes there are even more available) displayed on the screen of your camera or smartphone. Then you can always align the main object to the lines.

2. Align the image according to lines

Take the perfect photo with these 9 tips

Lines are everywhere, you just have to recognize them and integrate them harmoniously into your picture. Already you have an exciting motif.
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You should try to consciously include given lines into the motif. This can be the horizon behind the sea, or a mountain hill in the landscape, a window frame, lanterns in a long row or a path in the landscape. In this way, the photographer can create beautiful vanishing point perspectives and thus draw the viewer into the picture or divide the picture harmoniously (following the golden ratio) and thus create order and harmony.

3. Discover patterns and symmetries

Take the perfect photo with these 9 tips

There are also patterns everywhere. Here the empty paved street becomes the main motif. The wall forms a nice vanishing point perspective as a diagonal and provides the direction of view for the observer.
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A picture gets character when we manage to integrate patterns and symmetries. This can be cobblestones of an old town, an unusual fence, brick houses or reflections in water.

4. Change the perspective

Take the perfect photo with these 9 tips

Shooting from below creates a dramatic perspective by making the stones look larger and drawing the eye towards the structure in the background.
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The image changes depending on how we hold the camera. Objects usually look smaller from above. But this is a good way to represent large places and crowds of people. Visually, you can enlarge anything by shooting from below. A nice neutral perspective can also be achieved by photographing at belly level. By changing the camera position, pictures no longer always look the same and monotonous.

5. Choose an unfamiliar angle

Do not simply photograph the beach, but choose an unusual point of view, like here directly behind the plants. The picture becomes more exciting and mysterious by not obviously showing the beach in the foreground.
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But you should not only hold the camera differently, but also move your own body more- and look for an unusual angle, not the obvious one from which most tourists always take pictures. This is how you make photos that stand out from the rest. Maybe go behind the bush and shoot through the greenery, using the leaves as a subtle frame.

7. Don’t overload the image, consciously compose it

Take the perfect photo with these 9 tips

When taking pictures, imagine that you are a painter. You decide what and how it goes on your image. Make a conscious decision about what is important to you and what is not. Because if the picture is overloaded, it will look arbitrary.
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Now it gets a bit difficult, because most of the time we always want to get as much as possible on a picture. That’s why many people like to shoot with wide-angle lenses. But here, too, the art is in the omission. It’s best to pick two or three elements that should define the image. Think of it as painting: if possible, everything that is in the picture should be chosen consciously. In everyday situations, such as vibrant cities, this is a feat of skill.

8. Work with color filters or adjust colors yourself

It doesn’t always have to be crisp colors and strong contrasts. Play a little with colors and color filters as well as exposure when post-processing images. Low contrast and desaturated shots are popular at the moment.
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Many amateur photographers want crisp colors and strong contrasts in their pictures. But this can also quickly look monotonous. And instead of being special, it will end up looking more like commercial photography. That’s why color filters can provide that certain something. Many who shoot mainly with smartphones are familiar with the various color filters. But digital cameras also increasingly have such effects. But here you have to show a little sense of good taste, because not every filter looks great, but often also exaggerated. At the moment, washed-out and desaturated colors and soft contrasts are more popular among photographers.

9. Übungling makes perfect

All the rules are useless in theory, because you need a lot of practice to be able to apply them specifically at the right moment. Every time you look at your camera or smartphone screen, these rules should be internalized in the back of your mind: Move the main subject slightly to the side, find lines and patterns and incorporate them into the picture in an interesting way, maybe work with a reflection, shoot from below or above sometimes, choose a special point of view and get only the essentials in the picture. Later play a little with the colors or even in black and white convert them, and you’re guaranteed unique vacation photos.

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