Photo Composition Techniques That Will Work Every Time

I guarantee it

Mark Ali
Counter Arts

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Dock piers sticking out of calm lake waters
“Keuka Calm” — photo by the author (© Mark Ali)

I’ve always felt that a photograph’s composition is like a story’s headline. It’s the first thing to catch the eye of your audience, and it can either grab their attention and make them want to know more, or …not.

If you do grab their attention, hopefully they stay with you and get something of value from your work.

If you’ve read this far, hopefully that means that my headline for this article was successful. Please keep reading, and I’ll do my best to not let you down.

“Composition”

I’m going to simplify the term “composition” for this discussion. In general, I think composition encompasses a lot of aspects of an image, including layout, lighting, color, depth of field, etc.

But for my purposes here, I’m going to stop with that first aspect — layout — the arrangement of objects and points of interest within the frame of a photo. (It’s the one aspect of photographic composition that, I hope, will never be automated by super-high-tech AI-driven cameras of the future.)

And, with that in mind, I’ve got 3 surefire composition layout techniques that I guarantee will work every time. These are classics, and always result in a compelling image, in my opinion.

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Mark Ali
Counter Arts

I’m a writer, a photographer, a music lover, and a professional ice sculptor. I’m kidding about that last thing. (View my portfolio at: markaliphotos.com)