When starting out, beginner photographers tend to see photos they like and then try to recreate them. They don’t necessarily understand what they’re seeing or why they like it—they just feel compelled to make something that looks like other photos they like. There’s nothing wrong with that, but in order to grow and become your own great photographer with a unique style and voice, you need to understand five techniques and how / when to use them. We’ve covered them all before, but we wanted to put them all into one handy video for easy reference and practice. Enjoy!

The Tips

  • Sub-framing – Use the foreground or background to add a frame around your subject
  • Color Theory – take into account color psychology to create a color pallet to compliment your wardrobe and location
  • Color Blocking – consider opposing colors on the color wheel to add contrast and juxtaposition in your photos
  • Negative Space – Find a location that gives you a distraction-free backdrop to isolate your subject
  • Composition – Learn the “rules” and also learn when it’s okay to break them.
Subframing
Subframing
Color Theory 1
Color Theory 1
Color Theory 2
Color Theory 2
Color Blocking
Color Blocking
Negative Space
Negative Space
Composition
Composition
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