There is nothing more refreshing than breaking away from the normal routine life. There are some who might travel, some who might catch up with old friends, but whatever be the occasion one thing's for sure – you will either have a digital camera or a phone to capture the moment. After all who wouldn’t like to capture memories of places that they visit. While anyone can point and click, the way in which you click says a lot about your picture. You can either make it very interesting or extremely boring – it all depends on the way you take it. So here are a few tips and rules that you can build on, which will not only add more meaning and punch to your photographs but will also help you divert from the conventional form of photography.

The first and foremost rule of photography is the rule of thirds. No, it’s got nothing to do with any form of maths but is considered to be the most basic and the most valuable rule that should be followed when taking photographs. A very common mistake that most of us make when taking portraits is to place the subject right at the center. While it might be the most general way of capturing portraits, it definitely has the makes for a very dull and unimaginative picture. Placing the subject little towards the right or the left gives the overall image a more interesting and distinct look.

So the basis of this rule basically states that if you were to divide a rectangular frame with two equi-distant vertical and horizontal lines into nine equal parts then the point where the lines meet is where the subject should be placed. This rule is basically applied to prevent positioning the subject at the center. To make things simpler you can enable “Grid” view – most cameras have this.

Looking into the camera, especially when there is only one person can lead to a very average shot. Looking away from the camera definitely makes for a much better composition. However, we are not asking you to stand with your back facing the camera but looking away at an angle of 45 degrees will do the trick. Apply the rule of thirds here and if it is a portrait of a person then try keeping only him/her in focus. Blurring out the rest adds more meaning and depth to the photograph.

The basic problem with using flash is that you mostly get an overexposed subject with an underexposed background. Plus it eliminates the overall effect that shadows produce, which makes the subject look rather flat. The main idea is not to eliminate flash entirely but to take pictures using natural light which gives a much better effect and depth that is looked for in a picture.

If at all you are traveling create a travel log – basically an album of your trip from start to finish. You can start right from the time of packing for the trip till you reach your destination. Here capturing the emotions and expressions of people before and during the journey will make for a nice candid album. However do not limit it to just the people traveling with you – look around and capture moments around you.

Last but not the least, having a camera at hand is not all about going “click, click, click”. In doing so we tend to miss out on certain aspects that would make the overall picture stand out. What we really need to do is to pause, look around, get a feel of the environment and then decide on what to click. What you can also do is view the picture from the viewfinder or display before it is shot. Look for details that make it look interesting or for something that you find interesting.

Now that you have a few ideas of how to make your pictures stand out, go ahead and implement them whenever you shoot. The more you use them better are your chances of turning your pictures into masterpieces.

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