Subject Isolation

Ways to make the photo be about what it is about, and not about anything else. This,I believe, is the most fundamental composition technique. This is a goal to achieve in an image, a way to think about what is and isn't working in images, and makes for good work.

In short:

  • Get closer
  • Make it bigger
  • Cut the clutter
  • Deemphasize the background (blurryness or clean)
  • Use the rule of thirds
  • Try a blurry background (via depth of field or motion blur or just go somewhere blurry)
  • Break a pattern
  • Make your subjects color different (more/less saturated, different color, etc)
  • Make it contrastier

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