Uncover the Art of Photo Composition

Learn how to compose beautiful photos that captivate viewers.

Using shapes in photography

How to Find and Use Shapes in Photography

Everything you photograph has shapes. These shapes each have a life of their own. Some shapes make viewers feel secure, others create a sense of energy. Becoming more aware of these shapes helps you better control the visual experience, whether you’re going for a pleasing or...
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Portrait vs Landscape: Which Orientation Should You Use?

If there’s one thing photographers have to deal with constantly, it’s choices. Do you use a large aperture or a small one? A fast ISO or a slow one? Should you orient your picture in portrait or landscape mode? While only two choices are available (excluding square formatted...
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How to See Differently and Transform How You Compose (Or, How to Overcome Selective Abstraction)

Learning how to compose better photographs is far easier said than done. Habits die hard. To improve how you compose, you literally are challenging the habits that control how you compose now. Your goal is to transform these habits to habits that help you create better images....
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How to Find and Use Contrast in Photography

When we look upon an image, our eyes naturally flock to the areas with greatest intensity. For black and white images, this is the area with the whitest whites. For color images, this is often the brightest color. A vibrant red rose. A sunburst balloon hovering over a jet blue...
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Two important composition rules

The Two Most Important Rules for Composition

There are many rules to composition out there. Some are quite popular, such as the rule of thirds and leading lines. Then there are those more advanced principles such as those from gestalt psychology and visual perception. When just getting started as a photographer, learning...
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rule of thirds lesson

How (and How Not) to Use the Rule of Thirds in Photography

If you’ve taken any type of photography course – online, offline, free or paid – likely you’ve heard of the ‘rule of thirds’. It’s one of the first photography techniques I learned. Some people think of it as a great rule for beginners but not anyone else. Others hate...
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Leading Lines in Photography

Leading lines is a well-known composition rule that’s been used since the birth of art. Even if you’ve never heard of the rule before, you’ve likely used it to some degree in your photographs. Lines are a natural part of how we navigate through our lives. They’re everywhere!...
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10 Most Common Composition Mistakes Made by New Photographers

Let’s be honest. Mistakes are a part of every photographer’s journey. The quicker we can learn from our mistakes, the faster we’ll improve. Learning the art of composition is no different. And if there’s one thing beginners to the craft have in common, it’s the mistakes...
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The art of photo framing

An Introduction to the Art (and Power) of Framing

A great frame takes the world around you and brings it to life. It provide structure, perspective, and personality. It also works as a powerful tool for communication. In fact, the artful use of framing has been responsible for some of the most influential photographs (and films)...
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