5 Elements of Composition in Photography


Our friends over at Digital Photography School has written a simple article that basically describes important factors of a great photographic composition. This is an often misunderstood topic that I cannot personally explain in simple terms. So I will let the intro to their article explain it:

Good Composition is a key element of good photographs yet is something that is hard to define.

Instead of looking at composition as a set of ‘rules’ to follow – I tend to view it more as a set of ingredients that can be taken out of the pantry at any point and used to make a great ‘meal’ (photograph)….

The key is to remember that in the same way as a chef rarely uses all the ingredients at their disposal in any dish – that a photographer rarely uses all of the ingredients of composition in the making of an image.

As I mentioned, it’s a great article that explains things in simple terms. It includes some example photographs that help to clarify the fuzzy topic of composition.

Read the full article: 5 Elements of Composition in Photography


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D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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