[Professional photographer Morgan Ione Yeager is our guest writer today, sharing tips for making your online images better. Want more tips for using pictures on the Web? Check out Communicate Better Through Imagery.]By Morgan Ione Yeager Very often the simple inclusion or exclusion of a particular element can either result in a great photo or in a great photo gone wrong. Here are some details to pay attention to while choosing the photos you upload to your website or use for other media. Also, learn some simple tricks to capture better images in the first place and therefore cut down on editing time.
1. The man who grew a pole out of his head.
Are you looking at the chef or the pole on his head?
2. Remember that bright colors draw the eye.If the subject of the photo is in the center of the image, then that's where you want the viewer's eye to go ... not to the person wearing a bright red shirt in the top right corner. Often a simple crop can get rid of distracting peripheral objects or people. Flash spots are also something to look out for. Generally taking photos of people in front of mirrors or glass can leave you with a blinding white spot, which is very distracting. Professional photographers know how to manipulate light and use off-camera flashes that make these kinds of photos successful.
3. Don't amputate your subjects.
The father of the bride is cropped at his wrist.
A better crop, cropping them both mid-thigh.
4. Frame the image.
The vertical edge of the viewfinder was lined up with the beach sign for a straight and balanced image
5. Simpler is often better.
The photo has been cropped to eliminate the clutter and make the pole less obvious.