Simplify: Quick tip
Often times simple compositions make the best photos. I think this is because it is clear what the subject is in the viewer knows what there's looking at why. I once heard somewhere that if a photo looks good as a small thumbnail chances are it's a decent photo. This is because strong photos have a presents no matter what size. This is a kin to an artist squinting as they are painting. To get a simple composition try looking around the frame of the entire image before you take the picture. Look for distracting backgrounds, busy foregrounds, things poking in from the edges, and too much in the frame. Keep in mind that the subject and should be very clear to the viewer. Once you think you have a good composition, try to make it even simpler. Then, refine your composition again. Hopefully by the end you'll have the best possible image of that subject.
– Graceson Aufderheide