If you’re photographing a single person, don’t leave half another person standing nearby in the frame. Pick a different angle, move your subject to a better position, or perhaps include both of them in a more interesting composition.
Photography is a form of communication and you should think what it is you’re saying with your photos. If you’re saying this is a beautiful person, make sure there isn’t rubbish lying around on the ground. If you’re saying this is an amazing jump or dance move, make sure the background isn’t distracting.
Sometimes it’s a matter of making photographs really simple. Choose a lens that lets you isolate your subject, or change your viewpoint when taking the photograph. Later, think about re-framing and cropping your image before submitting it for competition.
The 2016 Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year Award is now on! Entries close on 7 September (late entries possible until 15 September) and first prize is a cool $5000 cash. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be handed out and every entry will receive a short comment or suggestion from the judging panel. For more information, visit www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com.