What is the most important element in your photograph? Can you identify it, or is your eye pulled from one element to another? The next time you go out to shoot, take a moment to consider the scene carefully.
Choose a single interesting element… a leaf, a water droplet, a rock, a tree… and see if you can find a way to make that element stand out in your photograph. There are so many ways to build an image around a single point of interest.
- Remove distracting elements from the frame by moving around to change your composition… or by moving them physically.
- Use a wide aperture to blur out distracting details in front of or behind your point of interest.
- Use color to make one object stand out.
- Use leading lines to direct the viewers attention toward your point of interest.
- Watch for patterns… an element that breaks the pattern will attract attention.
There may be many elements in the scene that interest you. Why not make several images – each showcasing one interesting object – rather than trying to include them all in a single frame?