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Rule of thirds? Leading lines? The Fibonacci spiral? Learn it all with our deep archive of photography composition tips for beginner, intermediate and pro photographers.

Types of Leading Lines in Photography Composition

Types of Leading Lines in Photography Composition

When it comes to photography composition, one of the most powerful tools at your disposal is leading lines. Like the invisible hand that guides a viewer’s eye through an image, leading lines are a subtle, yet highly effective, compositional element that can dramatically improve the visual impact of your photos. Also remember that a spring […]

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Understanding Gestalt Theory in Photography

Understanding Gestalt Theory in Photography

Gestalt theory, originating from early 20th-century psychology, emphasizes the human ability to perceive patterns and wholes in chaotic environments. This theory, which asserts that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” has profound implications for various disciplines, including photography. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the principles of Gestalt theory and […]

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Composition Guidelines for Great Photography

Composition Guidelines for Great Photography

It’s often been said that photography is one of the most difficult and demanding pastimes to master, but many people relate that to learning more about the technical aspects of photography and light. There is much more to photography than just getting the exposure right, and it’s about composing your shots to give the viewer […]

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Chiaroscuro: Creating Depth with Light and Shadow

Chiaroscuro: Creating Depth with Light and Shadow

Chiaroscuro is a term that hails from the Italian Renaissance, literally meaning “light-dark.” It refers to the strong contrast between light and dark areas in a composition, which can create a dramatic, three-dimensional effect. This technique, often associated with the works of artists like Caravaggio and Rembrandt, has found a powerful place in photography, where […]

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Essential Elements of Photo Composition: Spring Sale

Essential Elements of Photo Composition: Spring Sale

Do you ever have trouble remembering all the elements that can be used to make great photography compositions? These cheat sheets are designed to help. With all the important information on essential and advanced composition concepts, you’ll never be unprepared again. They are currently 81% off for a Spring Sale which is ending soon if […]

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The Photographer’s Secret Weapon: Creating Mood

The Photographer’s Secret Weapon: Creating Mood

A mood is created in a photograph when it allows the viewer to place themselves in the moment, or it causes them to remember a moment that stirs up an emotional reaction. It’s a complicated subject, but it’s imperative for photographers to understand how to express different moods in their images. Final reminder! Only hours […]

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The Golden Ratio Applied to Photographic Composition

The Golden Ratio Applied to Photographic Composition

If you have been using The Rule of Thirds in your photographic compositions, you may have discovered an inherent shortcoming. Composing for the Rule of Thirds involves lining up a subject with one of the recommended intersections or lines. This can sometimes result in the subject being crowded too close to the edge of the […]

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Using Symmetry and Patterns to Create Stronger Photographs

Using Symmetry and Patterns to Create Stronger Photographs

This article is based on concepts from A Modern Approach to Photographic Composition which is currently 50% off if you want to dig deeper for further training. Patterns and symmetry surround us, and our brains are naturally programmed to look for them. But incorporating symmetry and patterns into photography can be intimidating. It’s important to […]

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Using Color to Create Strong Photo Compositions

Using Color to Create Strong Photo Compositions

Color is one of the most obvious elements of composition. Everyone knows that intense colors make people take notice of your images. Ever wonder why there are so many sunset and flower shots? Color is the reason. Color has a couple of functions in photographs. First, color grabs the attention of the viewer. Perhaps, because […]

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Key Aspects of Composition in Flower Photography

Key Aspects of Composition in Flower Photography

Flower photography is an art form that allows us to capture the delicate and ephemeral beauty of flowers. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiast capturing blooms in your garden, understanding the principles of composition can significantly enhance the impact of your photographs. In this blog post, we’ll explore the most crucial aspects of […]

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