The Mind Behind Good Photography

By: Amber Romriell

Most people around the world take pictures. It’s almost guaranteed that if you have a phone, you’ve taken a few pictures with it. But what separates the average Joe that can “point and shoot” with his phone from a professional?

The reality is that there are tools and little tricks that professional photographers know and use that make them good at what they do. Although you might not have an expensive camera, these tricks can still make your next photo go from average Joe to something someone wants to look at.

The Rule of Thirds:

Rule of thirds Bret Barton

The first trick to know is The Rule of Thirds. The picture I’m using to explain the Rule of Thirds was taken by a photographer named Bret Barton. This one specifically is called “Sunset” and was taken in Lyman, Idaho. This is a gorgeous picture that really shows the rule of thirds if you know what to look for.

Rule of thirds Bret Barton edit

The green lines show where the thirds of the picture are (roughly). When composing a picture, the subject of the picture, or the most important part of the picture, should be in one of the corners where the lines meet. This is very visually appealing to audiences and helps to draw the eye to what you, as a photographer, want the viewer to see.


Here is a picture I took of an Oreo. I took this on my iPhone and while it’s nothing fancy, it utilizes the Rule of Thirds and maks the picture more visually appealing.

Oreo edit




Leading Lines:

This next picture was again taken by Bret Barton. It has no title or indication of where it was taken. Leading Lines Bret Barton

Leading lines are another tool used by photographers. They are lines that draw the eye to the subject of the photo. See how the railroad tracks lead to the individual’s face? These are lines leading to the subject.

Leading Lines Bret Barton Edit







Depth of Field:

Depth of Field Bret Barton

This picture was taken by Bret Barton too. It has no title or information on where it was taken.

This picture shows amazing depth of field. the buffalo are in focus while everything behind them is out of focus. This allows you to only focus on the main point of the picture, the Buffalo.

Depth of Field Bret Barton edit

My Oreo picture can be used in this instance too. My Oreo is in focus while all the background is out of focus. This allows you to focus on its chocolete goodness and nothing else.

IMG_0971f focus



These tips and tricks can help anyone sell themselves as a better photographer. And you can use these tips too! Now go out and capture the world.


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