Composition is so important in an image, but it can be so confusing, especially when you’re first starting out. There are so many rules – rule of thirds, golden ratio, leading lines, cropping guidelines. It’s hard to know where to start. So today we’re going to keep it super simple with a quick tip for you. Composition, at it’s most basic, looks at what should be in the picture, and what should be left out. So that’s where we’re going to start.

Fill the frame with your subject, and crop out anything else

  This composition tools works because it avoids any distractions and focuses on what’s important. In a portrait, there’s no need for anything else in the frame. When you fill the frame, you don’t need to worry about the background, which is great when you’re learning, it’s one less thing to think about.

How to use Fill the Frame

When taking a portrait, get up close so that only the head and shoulders are in the frame. Have your subject slightly off centre for better composition It’s OK to crop the top of their head, but try not to crop off ears, or entire hairlines (otherwise your subject will look bald!) It’s as simple as that! Give it a try next time you’re taking a portrait, and don’t forget to share your images with me on Instagram. Use hashtag #mamacameraclub.