Think about composition
Most photographers follow the Rule of Thirds. Imagine invisible lines splitting your viewfinder into nine cubes (three across and three down), and position your points of interest where the lines intersect. This adds more drama to the photo than if the subject was perfectly centered.
Check the light
A good rule of thumb is to shoot with the light source behind you. But, playing with light can make your images more interesting. A light source to the side will create dramatic shadows, and a backlit photo will produce dark silhouettes.
Don’t pass over details
While sweeping landscapes and group shots have their merit, don’t forget to get in close and capture smaller moments. Sometimes the candlelight glinting in your silverware can better capture the mood of your meal than a wide shot of the whole table.
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