Let’s face it, we’ve all been there: You see something you’d like to take a photograph of, stand up straight, and take an image straight on, at eye level. At the end of the day, you end up with a memory card full of variations of the same image. As a beginner photographer, it’s tempting to simply point, shoot, and call it a day.
Basic photography best practice is to move around your subject and try to capture it from as many angles as possible. Take the first, instinctual shot, then get low down to the ground or test out other photography composition techniques. Can you get a higher vantage point somehow? Have you considered shooting in vertical or portrait orientation? Are you including enough negative space? Asking yourself these questions with every shot can help develop your photography skills and improve your overall aesthetic sensibility.