Rules of Composition in Photography

Rules of Composition in Photography are intuitive guidelines that you ponder every time you take a photograph.

Yes, anyone can take a photograph! However, if you want to shoot great photographs, then knowing these intuitive guidelines will give you the creative edge in your photography.

The Rules of Thirds

When most people take a photograph, they usually place the subject in the middle of the image.

Rules of Composition in Photography

The Rule of Thirds encourages the photographer to divide the image into nine equal segments with two vertical and two horizontal lines.

When you are looking at a photographic opportunity, learn to position your subject along the lines or at the point of intersection.

Once you grasp the Rule of Thirds, you will intuitively see this rule in play in all your photographic opportunities.

In the photograph above, the position the flower is in and around the intersection of the lines to the top left.

Depth of Field

Depth of Field is an important element of photography. Photography is two dimensional; however, you can create a three-dimensional look to your photographs with an understanding of depth of field.

Rules of Composition in Photography

You can create a shallow depth of field (see flower image above) or large depth of field (see landscape image to the right).

Large depth of field gives that three dimenional look to your landscape images. The foreground, middle ground and background are clear and draws the person looking at the photograph into the image.

Shallow of depth of field is used to take portraits and close-ups; whereas, large depth of field is used for landscapes.

Grasping depth of field will give you the creative edge in your photography.

Framing

You can add interest to your photography by framing your photograph. In the landscape photograph above, the tree to the left creates a framing effect.

When you are taking photographs, look for the natural elements that could frame your image. You may need to move around and find a different position to take your photo.

Balance

Rules of Composition in Photography

Balance is all about getting your composition right.

You don't want your image too cluttered and you don't want your image too bear.

You may need to change the angle of your shot or the position from where you take the shot to get the balance exactly right.

Lines

Lines is another way to develop the creative edge in your photography.

Nature provides great symmetry for landscapes. It may be the skyline, tree line, the cliff edge, the mountain tops, the river edge, the road, the train tracks, the buildings, a bridge or a row of wheat.

You can use these lines to enhance your photograph and to draw people into your photograph.

Rules of Composition in Photography are intuitive guidelines that helps you develop the creative edge to your photography.


Rules of Composition
Rules of Composition




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