Composition with your Feet

For me this idea goes right up there with “Fill the Frame” and “Rule of Thirds” as one of the very best things that ANY photographer can do with ANY camera to get better photos. Another way to say this might be, “Stand in the right spot.” Or even, “Don’t be lazy.” Let’s be honest, lazy photographers get lucky on occasion, but in general, they just take mediocre photos.

As a photographer, when you see something cool, you simply zoom in, or zoom out, and snap your photo. It works. Zooming with the lens gives you a better photo than not zooming. That’s why you got your zoom lens, or that mega-zoom point and shoot to begin with.


Composition with your Feet

No amount of zooming can substitute moving your feet and getting out on the dance floor.


Now, let’s insert a quick step here. Before you zoom your lens, move your feet. Your new Photographer Action Plan looks like this:

  • See cool thing
  • Move feet
  • Zoom lens
  • Awesome photo!


Sunbeams over Venice

See church. See sunbeams. Move feet until sunbeams are behind church. Shoot photo.


There is no substitute for standing in the right place when you take your photo. As Ansel Adams said, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”


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2 Responses to “Composition with your Feet”

  1. Rachel Stewart April 8, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    So True!! My teacher always said “do a walk-around with everything you shoot”. And when you actually get out there and do it, you find amazing results. Your picture may look great the way you originally compose it, but it may look 10 times better if you just walk around a little & see it from a different perspective. And it’s not that hard to do. :)

  2. RacheL H. May 15, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Great reminder, thanks!

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