Top 10 Composition Tips

posted on 24th of march, 2011

I'm sharing some composition tips to get better images, although I know most of the time you can't apply these tips for microstock photography, but they should help you to get better images.

1.- Rule of the Thirds: Some say it is the most important rule of composition, here you have to imagine that your image is divided into nine equal segments (on the image draw two vertical lines and two horizontal lines). And try to position the most important element of the pic touching 2 intersection points. The most important element of the image should be on one side (right or left), never on the center of the image.

2.- Balance Elements: Using the Rule of the Thirds can leave a void scene and make the image feel empty. So you should balance the image including another object of lesser importance to fill the "empty space".

3.- Symmetry: Symmetry can be natural or man-made, they can be very eye catchy and make an image look full of details.

4.- Leading Lines: Our eyes naturally "follow" lines. So you can use the lines on your photography to pull the attention to your image, lines can be straight, diagonal, curvy, zigzag. Use them to enhance your composition.

5.- Background: Many times when we shoot an image we found out that our image lacks impact because the subject blends into a busy background (of course you can always use PS to isolate the subject). So you have to look if you can, for a plain background.

6.- Depth: Photography is a two dimensional medium(Now companies are working to improve 3 dimension photography), so you have to try to create on your images depth including images on the foreground, so you can have layers. Human eye recognizes these layers creating an image with more depth.

7.- Crop: Sometimes a photo will lack its impact because the main subject is small compared to the rest of the image or its surroundings. By cropping tight around the subject you can eliminate the 'noise' (background), making sure the subject gets compete attention.

8.- Framing: You can look for objects to frame your image, these objects can be trees, holes, etc., and what they do is isolate your main object and draw all the attention to it.

9.- Position of the eyes: When making a portrait the eyes always have to be above the center line of the image.

10.- Experiment: Digital photography allow us to take plenty images, so always try different shots of the same subject and later on your computer analyze which looks better. Take advantage of your intuition and enjoy your photography.

Comments (40)

Posted by Carambaph on April 24, 2011
Thanx a lot, yet, I didn't get "6.- Depth". How can I add a layer? Waiting for another article...
Posted by Probird on April 22, 2011
Thank you
Posted by Anhong on April 21, 2011
Thanks for sharing, I wish you good luck!
Posted by Cglightning on April 21, 2011
Great Tips; Thanks ;o)
Posted by Sesphoto on April 20, 2011
A great tips. Nice. I will try to use it. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Syaifulafzal on April 18, 2011
Great tips. Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted by Dianabahrin on April 18, 2011
Very good tips supported by nice pictures:)
Posted by Indianeye on April 17, 2011
Excellent article & very well supported with beautiful images!
Posted by Indianeye on April 17, 2011
Excellent article & very well supported with beautiful images!
Posted by Jdanne on April 09, 2011
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Egomezta on April 07, 2011
Thanks for your time and you nice comments.
Posted by Mani33 on April 07, 2011
Cool & useful blog! Thanks :)
Posted by Tamarabauer on April 07, 2011
Excellent tips!
Posted by Yadamons on April 04, 2011
Thanks for sharing. :)
Posted by Pardeep08 on April 01, 2011
Great tips, thanks :)
Posted by Maddrew on March 30, 2011
Great article :) thanks so much :)
Posted by Egomezta on March 30, 2011
I only can say: thanks for your time writing in this blog.
Posted by Gennaro86 on March 29, 2011
Nice and intersting article! Thanks
Posted by Sobek85 on March 27, 2011
Nice article thanks
Posted by Egomezta on March 26, 2011
Thanks for your nice comments, and your time.
Posted by Elianehaykal on March 26, 2011
Useful blog :)
Posted by Georgeskyrillos on March 26, 2011
Nice tips and photos.
Posted by Jonkio4 on March 25, 2011
thanks for the tips :)
Posted by Trottola on March 25, 2011
Great tips, thank you for sharing!
Posted by Egomezta on March 25, 2011
Thanks for your nice comments... I'm glad you like this blog.
Posted by Kimson1972 on March 25, 2011
..I read this with interest !..great tips...!
Posted by Kimson1972 on March 25, 2011
..I read this with interest !..great tips...!
Posted by Littledesire on March 25, 2011
All in one! Great ;)
Posted by Yuritz on March 25, 2011
Nice article,thanks for sharing these tips!
Posted by Laurasinelle on March 25, 2011
I really love your photos! Thanks for the composition reminder!

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