I have a super simple, perhaps obvious, but very fun photo composition tip for today:
Shoot Through Things
Here’s what I mean. See this perfectly lovely pathway? It makes a beautiful “frame” for my subject.
But I can also use the path foliage (getting up really close to my foreground foliage) to frame out the subjects in a variety of ways.
In the spirit of brainstorming, here are just a few ways to “shoot through things” to make a photo more interesting, more layered, more intriguing, less ordinary in its composition:
Shoot through leaves.
Shoot through weeds (especially if they’re backlit and glowy!!). BTW, that’s not sun flare below, it’s weed sparkle.
Shoot through doorways.
Shoot through crib bars.
Shoot through furniture.
Sometimes in order to capture my ornery Teen in photos with a smile on his face, I need to go into stealth mode and shoot through truck bed windows …
If you happen to be photographing a puppet show, be sure to shoot a photo from behind the curtains …
Shoot a pretty landscape photo through a fence.
Shoot through a boat thingy (yup, my vocabulary is pretty techie!). Zoom in, too.
Shoot through ladders and doll houses.
Shoot through windows, from outside looking in (outdoor reflections add an intriguing layer to your photo).
Shoot through windows, from inside looking out (especially when your kiddo is using said window as his personal performance mirror!).
Shoot through car doors, and grab a self-portrait in the mirror while you’re at it …
Shoot through chairs.
And, one of my favorite shoot-through things (again, with the techie language): the car windshield.
As you can see, there are endless possibilities! Tell us in the comments some of your favorite things to shoot photos through.
Susan Keller is an Orange County Baby, Child & Family Photographer who loves coffee, good books, big landscapes, her dudes, and using ellipses instead of words… You can find her on Facebook and blogging at Short on Words.