• Charles Martinez

Easy Way To Instantly Improve Your Photos!

Updated: Jun 4, 2019


When I first started photography, I found myself constantly taking photos that just looked boring no matter how much I edited them. I am going to share one tip on how to instantly improve your photos with no extra editing required!

Taken with Nikon D5300 @ 18mm, ISO400, f/3.5, 1/500 sec


No matter what anyone else says, photography is an art and like any other piece of art there must be good composition. To me there are three basic terms that you should be aware of when composing your photo: Background, Foreground, and Subject. Keeping these three terms in mind should help you capture a successful photo almost every time!

Foreground is Key

As you can see in the photo on the left, we have a nice blue morning sky as the background and our subject is the shore of the lake that also gives us a nice reflection. However you will notice that besides the rocks at the bottom, there really isn't much foreground to work with. This is a mistake that I have made in a lot of my photos, but it can be fixed very easily.

The photo on the right is much better and in my opinion gives us a more pleasing visual to look at. Since there was nothing to shoot through at this lake, I simply grabbed a small branch off of a tree behind me, held it next to my lens and now I have a much improved photo! Not only do we now have a foreground but we added some more color to the image and we used the leaves to frame our subject which helps to pull the eyes of the viewer to the center of the photo.

We may not always have something to shoot through to help add a foreground, so it is wise to be aware of your surroundings and look for something that you can hold in front of your lens or plan before hand and bring some objects with you that may be useful. This could really be anything you want, be creative!

This is a super simple and effective way to help improve the composition of your photos, I hope it helps! Below are some more examples of photos with good composition.