Placing The Elements: 5 Basic Composition Techniques

No one wants to follow guidelines on anything but here are some basic composition Techniques that can improve your photos. Let’s starts!

1) Rule of Thirds

One of the most commonly used composition technique in Landscape(and other) photography,the rule of thirds gives an simple idea on where to position the subject. The idea is simple. Turn the Thirds grid on in The Camera and it looks like:

The idea is simple, position the main subject around one of the lines or more accurately, where they intersect. Most of the camera have this grid and can be used to create stunning photos.

2) Centered Composition

Such composition is used when the subject is very strong on its own or the image shows symmetry. Photos with symmetry that don’t have Centered Composition don’t just feel right. It’s also great to be used in reflection shots.

3) Rule of Odds

According to this, photos with odd number of subjects are aesthically more pleasing. This rule holds good for all photos except for Street photos with two people. You eyes keep bouncing on both of the person and it’s what a conversation is about.

Now you know what I was saying. An example of using rule of Odds is given here. If there were two blueberries, the photo would seem like an imbalanced one. All result of the human brain.

4) Leading Lines

Leading lines are a great way to add more focus to the main subject. They are tough to find but can make a photo great that was boring otherwise. Urban scapes have a lot of regular geometry involved and hence looking for leading lines gets a bit easier.

But that doesn’t mean lines don’t exist in nature.

5) The Golden Ratio

A lot ago Fibonacci found a ratio that would create a pleasing composition. He found that the ratio is of 1:1.6 create the most aesthetic composition. There are two ways to use the golden ratio in your photos,

first is by Fibonacci curve in which you place your subject on the sweet spot.

The other way is to use the phi grid that is similar to thirds grid but divides the frame into 1:0.6:1 frame. The concept is same as of rule of thirds for the phi grid.

Hope these tips help you improve your photography. Respond if you have any composition tips that are worth mentioning here. Bye 🙂

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