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Composition Tips That Will Boost Your Photography Skills

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

The subject of a photo is what may catch your eye, but it’s the composition that makes it unique.

You can take photos up close, so the subject fills the frame or use an off-center technique so your subject appears in one third of the image. Either technique can add interest to the image and there are so many other options to choose from.

The article will provide tips on composition that will help you get terrific shots every time.


Most photos look best if there isn’t too much going on. You can simplify the look of your images by choosing a non-distracting backdrop and a narrow depth of field. This will allow viewers to focus on the subject and draw meaning from it instead of trying to figure out what’s going on.

Fill the Frame

Filling the frame will also draw attention to your subject. This may not be a technique you always want to use. For instance, there may be times you’ll want to capture the landscape as well. However, this is a great way to get viewers to focus and it will eliminate distractions.

Note: Cropping during the editing process will have a similar effect.

Use the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds encourages photographers to see their frame as a grid divided by three vertical lines and three horizontal lines. The objects in the photo should fall on the intersections. Some cameras have the grid image in the lenses making it easy to get the composition right.


Framing refers to the frame of the camera itself, but you can add other elements to emphasize the framing. For instance, taking a picture through a keyhole will draw attention to the subject and add interest to the photo.


Adding vibrant colors to your photos will make them stand out. If you have control over the colors that appear, use those that fall opposite or near each other on the color wheel for best results.

Colors also conjure specific emotions and tinting your photos with certain hues or including them in your images will work to create the mood you’re going for.


Contrast and color go hand and hand. If you choose colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, you’ll produce a great sense of contrast.

This can also be achieved in black and white and sepia photography through shadowing and adding light. Adding balance so your darker tones even out your lighter tones is key.

Lines and Shapes

The lines and shapes in a photo work in the composition drawing in the viewers’ attention. A V shape can be particularly effective in bringing focus to an object. If you can find patterns and symmetry in the shapes and lines you use, it will boost the appeal of your image.


Symmetry is always visually appealing. Look for shots with elements that balance each other, and you are bound to get a terrific end result.


Asymmetry can be effective as well. Here you would look for objects that balance each other but may not be the same size or shape. It brings a similar appeal as symmetry, but it has a more abstract look.


Earlier we spoke about the importance of capturing a tight shot, but one with depth and foreground will work well. The key here is to layer.

Ideally, you’ll want three layers, a foreground, a middle and a background. Changing perspective will alter the size of the foreground to change your depth of field. This can be achieved in the editing process as well.

The Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio proposes imagining a spiral shape, like a seashell, running through the image. The spiral of the seashell will be on a lower corner and the remainder of the shape will arch through the picture. Following this general line will help you create an engaging image.

When it comes to taking photos, composition is everything. The tips in this article will help you hone your composing skills to get the ideal result. Which work best in boosting the look of your photos?

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