5 Ways to Hold Your Viewer’s Attention
Written by: Tiffany Joyce
One of the most important things your photo should have is an ability to hold your viewers attention. There are a lot of techniques that can be used to help you compose your shot so that people will spend more than a second looking at it. Besides keeping your viewers focused on your photo, the techniques below can also help emphasis your main subject.
There are many ways to hold your viewer’s attention. Here are five that you can easily start off with:
A vignette is a gradual loss of light and picture quality towards the edge of the photo due to poor lens construction. Although it is considered a lens aberration, a vignette is helpful in drawing the viewer’s attention towards the center of the photo. It also adds character to a photo since it makes it look like it was taken with an old camera.
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To add a vignette to an existing photo with Adobe Photoshop, refer to our previous article found here.
2. SHOOT THROUGH A FRAME
This is probably one of the oldest tricks in the book. You simply choose an object you can shoot through that frames your main subject.
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3. LEADING LINES
Lines can also help draw your viewer in since the tendency of the eye is to follow the direction of prominent lines that it sees.
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4. FILL THE FRAME
Don’t be afraid to get close. Sometimes a few steps forward is all it takes to make a good picture great. If the subject is interesting then show your viewers why by filling your frame with it.
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5. BREAK A PATTERN
The human eye is always drawn to patterns and whatever breaks a pattern will automatically stand out. Place your subject against a pattern and see how much the subject stands out and how the surrounding pattern holds everything together.
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