Get in close (for a great photograph)

One of the simplest, quickest and easiest ways to rectify bad photography.

Most people take a photo of a scene and/or people from too far away.

Sure signs you’re not close enough:

  • You can’t see their eyeballs
  • You can see their shoes
  • You can see their knees
  • You can see their belt/waistline

There’s more than one foot of space between the top of their heads and the edge of the photo. Wasted space.

Wherever you start off from, especially if you have just taken a photograph (badly), you need to move forwards.

Move forwards – closer to your subject. Imagine you are stepping in to the scene you have just photographed badly.

It is such a simple thing to do but has massive impact.

Why do people not do this? Two reasons: either they have not learned that a photo does not have to include a full body (of one or more people). Or, they are slightly nervous, do not know the people they are photographing properly and do not want to invade their space.

But you will actually make the person being photographed look better. Just invade their bloody space.

Don’t be apologetic – or scared – just step in to the scene you can see through your viewfinder or screen. Take two, three, four, five steps. Whatever it takes. Get close. Instantly achieve a better photograph.

A bad, boring, boring photograph:

good photography, bad photography, garry cook, lancashire, whalley

The same story, in a photo which has hugely greater imapct (so good they used it on the front page of the newsaper twice:

good photography, bad photography, garry cook, lancashire, whalley

 

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