Beautiful photographs come from observation and practice, which can be self-taught using books, websites and online courses, or learned by taking a class at a local college or art school. Some professional photographers also offer private lessons for people who prefer a more personalized experience.
In order to take a beautiful photograph, it is necessary to think about the image before capturing it. Great photographers consider what has drawn them to an image and what they hope to capture from it. If an object or landscape is beautiful, a photographer ponders what in particular makes it beautiful. The beauty may be the color, the lines or the light. Thinking about a photograph first helps the photographer to decide which settings to use.
A beautiful photograph is often well composed. Classic rules of composition are based on techniques used by painters for centuries before the birth of photography. Taking a painting composition class or reading a book on the subject can be helpful to photographers who want to take beautiful photographs.
One of the easiest rules to follow is the rule of thirds, in which an image has imaginary lines that divide it into thirds horizontally and vertically. According to this rule, the object of interest should not be in the center of the image, but located at one of the intersections of the imaginary lines.