5. Use diagonal lines
Look for ways to incorporate diagonal lines into your work. Using diagonal, or leading lines, draws the viewer in and creates points of visual interest. Diagonal lines can also be used to create depth, movement, strength, and balance.
6. Practice makes perfect
Mastering any art is a process. It takes time and practice to learn the right skill and find your specific style. Photography is no different. It’s important to get in as much practice as you can.
A trick I’ve found tremendously helpful is to simply go on a walk--and bring your camera along. Take photos of anything that interests you and try using multiple settings on one subject. If you can find a partner or buddy who’s also interested in photography, even better. Use each walk as a learning tool; discuss which angles, settings, light sources you used and why.
It’s easy to compare your photos, style, and technique to more experienced photographers and come away feeling intimidated or sub-par.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, draw inspiration from photographers you admire. Study their photos for composition, lighting, color, and style. Read their blogs. Ask yourself why you like their photos and try to apply those same techniques to your own work.
Below are some photographer's blogs I read regularly.
Regardless of whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, it's important to have fun when you're behind the camera. Take pictures and make art for yourself, not anyone else. When you focus on what you love, the rest -- including success -- will follow.