10 Rules to Follow When Composing a Photo

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You can have the most stunning subject to photograph in the most gorgeous lighting, but if you don’t take care to compose the shot well, no amount of good light and inherent beauty will prevent the image from being a dud.

There are plenty of photography composition tips to help you create a better photo. That’s the good news.

The bad news – if you can call it that – is that it just takes a bit of practice to become adept at using a compositional technique.

What’s more, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to decide which compositional techniques to learn, let alone which ones to implement.

Again, a little bit of practicing a handful of compositional techniques will help you determine what you like to do to give your photos a boost.

Let’s take a look at 10 compositional rules that will help you create a more impactful photo.

Shoot Both Vertical and Horizontal

When I first started in photography, I noticed something about my photos when I reviewed them…

Virtually all my landscape photos were in horizontal format and virtually all of my portraits were in vertical format.

There’s nothing wrong with that approach; it’s just expected. In photography, you want to¬†give viewers something unexpected!

When I started forcing myself to change the aspect ratio I used to take photos, I noticed that it required me to think harder about the shot.

For example, when photographing a landscape in vertical format I had to take the foreground and background into more account, given that in vertical format both areas have more real estate in the frame.

What I found to be most helpful is to take both a horizontal and a vertical shot of the same subject, and then compare how they look and feel afterward. It really helped me to develop my eye for framing and composition and it will do the same for you.

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