Compose To Sell

Where do I want to sell my pictures?

Always a sensible question to ask yourself when taking a photograph. Composing photos that sell is not always easy. My article Photographic Composition covers the basics but this article looks at composing for specific uses and markets.

Let’s start the right way up

Book cover image

I have sold a lot of pictures for use on covers. Book covers are generally vertical. How often do you see people trying to photograph the bride and groom at a wedding holding the camera horizontally? Most people are taller than they are wide. Mobile phones work just as well horizontally as vertically so why do people shoot video vertically? The last time I looked my TV and this computer screen were both horizontal. If the subject will fit why not shoot one horizontal and one vertical picture and maximise your chances of a sale.

Copy Space

The best aid to photographic composition you have are your feet. Where possible get closer. Frame your subject as tightly as possible. But what happens if your picture buyer wants to add a title or some copy to the image? Try and take another shot with a clear background that gives them this option. Read more on Copy Space.

composing photos that sell - leaving copy space

Remove junk

Change your viewpoint by crouching down or getting up higher. The picture should be about your subject not the surrounding clutter which will distract the viewer.

Change you viewpoint for better coposition
DHC Chipmunk

Thinking about end uses for your images, even if it is only as illustrations for your blog, will make them much easier to use. A nicely composed image that fits the format of the medium it is published in is more likely to grab the viewers attention than one that is cluttered.

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