Learning Composition

When you set out to photograph a landscape, architectural interior, or portrait are you thinking about composition? If you are, you’ve not yet learned it. While that might sound contradictory, composition should be something you feel, not something you see. That being said, you can do a few things that will help you understand composition better, including learning about the rule of thirds (Figure 4).


Figure 4 Using the rule of thirds as a guideline, the viewer’s eye is directed to the subject while balance is achieved.

Rule of Thirds

This rule is so commonly cited that you might not even want to follow it. Many cameras display ...

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