How to Give Your Photos the WOW Factor
Creating a 'wow factor' in photography does not always mean working with photoshop, there are many things you can do before the shutter clicks that will make your photos even more impressive.
Are you sometimes frustrated that your photos don't pop, don't have that wow factor? Well, it's common for both amateur and professional photographers in London alike to feel this way. But there are some simple steps you can take that will bring improvement to your photography overall, and also help you find that elusive wow moment!
A very important question you should ask yourself before you take any shot is, am I capturing a moment in time or a story? These are two very different types of photographs, and understanding the difference will vastly improve the quality of your shots going forward. Both types of images serve their purpose, and you should not see them as bad or good, but an image with a wow factor is invariably one that tells a story.
How to Bring the Wow Factor to Your Photos
Change the Perspective the Viewer has on an Object
Everyone shoots famous landmarks or architecture from eye level, but what happens if you change the height or the angle you shoot from. Try shooting from above or flat on the ground. Changing up your photographic viewpoint will deliver a much greater visual impact to your images. It's easy to get caught up in capturing the obvious shot, when we're actually missing something pretty special. Look at your subject from every angle and decide which one brings more to your composition.
Move it from the middle
The middle of your photo is not always the best place for your subject. Bring your photo to life & make it much more interesting by moving the subject away from the centre of the image. Try dividing your image into thirds, the rule of thirds. Position your subject in one-third of the frame and in doing so will add balance and interest to your shot.
Consider your background
A bad background can ruin a potentially amazing photo. Sometimes the background of an image is distracting, it might be busy, messy or cluttered. Move the distraction, move your subject or change your viewpoint to hide that distraction.
Shoot with Purpose
When you click the shutter button how often are you thinking about why you’re clicking the button? Try telling yourself exactly why you’re taking each photograph before you take it – by doing this you’ll be photographing with real purpose and hopefully end up with a better shot to show for your efforts.
Clearly communicate the subject or story
Photography is an art form, capturing light, colour and movement in an attempt to tell a story for immediate enjoyment, communication or future recollection. To effectively tell a story, you need to be conscious of what you are trying to communicate. Why did you pick up your camera?
Is it to capture a message, a mood, an emotion, an idea or a combination of all of them? These days, we have an incredibly short attention span and so your image needs to grab the viewer and instantly tell a story. So don't leave them with any confusion as to what your image is telling them, otherwise they'll move on to the next.
Lines occur all around us. Strategically capturing them in your photos is an easy way to get the wow factor. Using these lines in your images will lead your viewer’s attention to the main subject or simply add further drama to the scene. Leading lines provide depth and a three-dimensional quality to professional photography, but can be easily utilised by an amateur. A well constructed photo may even have further lines included, leading our attention in a circuitous route around the photo.
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