There are a few things you should consider asking yourself before you take your photograph.
I’ll walk you through what went through my mind with these next few images.
What is the story I am trying to tell?
In this photo, I wanted to capture my nephew’s excitement of watching our neighbors shooting fireworks down the street (Side note: Yes, it was crazy, and I have no idea why it’s allowed in our neighborhood in Texas).
What are the points of interest in this image?
I changed the perspective by kneeling down to get a better angle of the height of fireworks, and frame the story of the photo better. While it was a better photo, the basketball hoop and backboard (in need of repair) was distracting.
Where should I place myself and/or the subject(s) to get maximum impact?
I switched to a vertical orientation and the more distracting parts of the photograph are gone.
These weren’t professional photos, so I wasn’t aiming for perfection here. I wanted to capture the moment and with this photo I can shape my story around my nephew’s visit and how we watched a fireworks show from the comfort of our driveway.