Improve Your Photography With Any Camera

There are a lot of things you can do to improve your photos without shelling out the big bucks for a big camera. You can apply the tips below to the pictures you take with your phone, GoPro, point-and-shoot, or instant film camera along with DSLR and mirrorless types.

Before you think about upgrading a “good” camera, improve your photography by keeping these five things in mind as you compose.

Imagine your frame divided horizontally and vertically into thirds and place your subject along the points of intersection.
image shows subject of the frame following the rule of thirds
Avoid cropping your subject at the joints (elbows, knees, wrists, fingers and ankles) when you can. This example shows the error, but in this case I wasn’t able to move back to get wider and the moment was too good to trash the image because of a broken rule.
boys ride the Tea Cups at Magic Kingdom
Use lines that are present in your frame to draw the viewers’ eyes to the subject of your image.
boy launches car at Lego Store
Get in close to the action and make sure your frame is filled from edge to edge with information that will help tell the story.
dinner prayers at the family table
Highlight and isolate your subject by leaving a majority of the frame empty so the viewer’s eye goes straight to the subject.
boy jumps into pool and takes his head under water