Sometimes the most complicated part of taking a good photo is the composition itself. It’s not just about subject and lighting, but the framing of the image and the elements within that frame. The way you frame your photos will make a difference.
Whether you’re photographing still life or action, you must be selective. What’s the focal point? You don’t just take out your DSLR camera for everything and anything– if you’re aiming your camera, it means you’ve found something interesting. Now it’s a matter of how to shoot it. It doesn’t need to be centered, but it should be the first thing the eye is drawn to. Make sure you choose an angle, focus, and background that won’t take away from it.
Also, keep it simple. Don’t choose something if everything around it is too busy. This isn’t ‘Where’s Wally?’, this is a subject worthy of photographing so don’t undermine it by trying to fit everything into one image – several can express the theme. A close up of a flower has more of an effect than an overview of the full garden. Take a few separate photos of the different plants. This can also probably be applied to overdoing the settings on your DSLR cameras. Keep it simple! Don’t change everything and gloss it over with ridiculous filters. It’s best to change settings just to get a clear photo and edit it later using a computer program.
Always ensure your photo has depth– there should be a distinct fore and background, with one or the other in focus. Let the image breathe– consider proportion, symmetry (or asymmetry), and color balance in the frame. These are some of the basics you should follow to get the best out of your Digital SLR photos.