Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

I am starting a new series of short posts today called “For what it’s worth.” These are simple things that I believe have helped me be a better photographer, but that I didn’t learn until later in my career. In each case, I wish I’d have learned them earlier so I am passing them on to you in case you might be receptive to things that I missed. Here’s today’s load.

1. The brightest thing in the photograph is where the viewer’s eye will go first. If that thing isn’t what you want people to look at when they see your images, you might want to recompose.

2. We live in a three-dimensional world but work in a two-dimensional medium. The more the photographer can do to add depth and dimension to an image the better. Think in terms of near, middle and far. Is there something going on in each of these areas that is interesting to the viewer.

3. Most of the time, the background is more important than the foreground. If you have a cluttered, distracting background, it will hurt your photo more than having a weak foreground object.

Take it for what it’s worth. I hope it helps.

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