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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.

Minimalism: Home Photography Activity

Minimalism: Home Photography Activity

This article is based on concepts from the The Photography Action Cards which are currently on sale for Black Friday weekend. Many of us are spending a lot of time at home these days for the cold weather or the holidays. Why not use this time to learn a fun and exciting photography technique called […]

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The Importance of the Subject in Your Photography

The Importance of the Subject in Your Photography

I cannot emphasize how important it is to give your subject the place of importance in an image. Its correct placement and the removal of any competition only makes the photo more effective. Besides creating photographs that are truly memorable it gives an overall quality to your photos. Let’s try something in order to illustrate […]

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Fill Your Frame: Photo Composition

Fill Your Frame: Photo Composition

The more I teach photography, the more I realize that this is something I need to repeat… about 10 times a day. This is actually now one of the first things I talk about when talking about composition, once the camera settings have been covered. Fill your frame. There are variants as well: “Fill that […]

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Compositional Keys and Tips in Photography

Compositional Keys and Tips in Photography

The bottom line to any great image is composition, and how creative you are with your compositions will determine your ultimate photography success. Have you ever wondered why the great photographers produce such stunning images? Simple. They use keys that are available to all of us. Learn to use these keys regularly, and your images […]

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6 Simple Tips for Better Landscape Compositions

6 Simple Tips for Better Landscape Compositions

Here are 6 composition tips that I’ve often overlooked in the past and have to consciously remind myself of… But when I do remember, they always improve my photos, so hopefully you find them useful too. 1: Put something in the foreground and something in the background. It sounds very obvious, but it’s shocking how […]

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Pick and Choose Tips for Photography Composition

Pick and Choose Tips for Photography Composition

This article is based on concepts from Understanding Composition if you want to dig deeper for further training. Everything today is about getting things done fast. For the most part, we consider that a good thing. However, in photography, slowing down for one second to complete this simple task will significantly improve your photos immediately! […]

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5 Composition Tips for Landscape Photography

5 Composition Tips for Landscape Photography

It may be hard to believe, but you can take very nice landscape photography even with the most basic equipment. You don’t need the latest and greatest ultra-wide lenses (although that does help create a unique perspective) or the fastest lens with an f/1.2 aperture. These five tips will not feature the discussed-to-death rule of […]

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The Compositional Power of Cropping

The Compositional Power of Cropping

What is ‘Cropping’ in Photography and How It Can Transform Your Images To “crop” an image is to remove or adjust the outside edges of an image to improve framing or composition, draw a viewer’s eye to the image subject, or change the size or aspect ratio or a mix of all three of these. […]

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Photographing Metal: Finding Ideas and Compositions

Photographing Metal: Finding Ideas and Compositions

To a bystander, photography seems like a simple task. They may feel it’s only a matter of pointing the camera to the subject and pressing a button. But ask anyone with some photography experience and you’ll know how far this perception is from reality. You need to make a lot of technical and artistic decisions […]

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3 Tips for Middle Line Photography Composition

3 Tips for Middle Line Photography Composition

Some photographers, especially those who have been in the field just for a few years, have been hard-coded to follow the rule of thirds. They totally refrain from composing with the subject in the middle of the frame. But in fact, composing with the subject on the middle line is pretty powerful if you do it […]

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