When I first started sharing my photos online, friends and family immediately started asking about my camera. It’s actually a common joke within the photography community, with the main takeaway being that a camera is just a tool and is only as good as the person wielding it – much in the same way pots and pans work for a chef. Having a nice camera certainly helps, but the reality is that my most drastic photography improvements came from changing my technique and understanding of the craft. And I find that even the most simple, widely-stated tips remain untapped by aspiring photographers. Case in point:
filling the frame.
A common trait of amateur photography is poor composition of the real estate inside your image. It’s natural to stand several feet away from your subject at eye-level and snap a single shot, but the biggest problem with that approach is that it can provide a lot of unimportant, distracting environmental elements, and your photo ends up losing the intimacy and detail that you experienced in person.
Any subject matter will do, just experiment and shoot regularly until you get the hang of it. Yes, you will take a lot of bad photographs, but you’ll also have some of the most interesting shots you’ve ever made. This practice and a focus on filling the frame of your images can ultimately shape a distinctive, personal style that will help engage people into your imagery.