How to > Take great pictures: the basics



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Follow the “Rule of Thirds”

Use leading lines

Shoot the “Golden Hour”

Fill the frame

Make portrait subjects look
toward the frame

Arrange group shots

Arrange portraits around
an object

Shoot at child-level

Don’t use flash at night

Shoot now, delete later


Arrange portraits around an object

Here’s a standard group shot—a family sitting on patio, in a row. It’s a nice picture, but there’s no clear relation between the people and the setting. There are too many background elements that are unrelated to the subjects.



Find an object that your subjects can gather around. Like taking a picture from an unusual perspective, it makes the composition more visually pleasing. In this photo, the tree trunk serves as a nice visual balance to the two children. It also connects them with the environment in which the picture is being taken, whether that’s indoors or outdoors.