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Creating poetry in pictures

By November 30, 2017 Photography No Comments

If you think about it, what makes a photograph beautiful is generally attributed to composition—a process that relies on emotion, feelings, and intuition more than on logic and calculation.


Good composition can make even the most mundane objects and subjects magical or spellbinding. Bad composition, on the other hand, can ruin a photo, regardless of how great its content is. The good news is that composition can be learned through rehearsal and repetition. The not-so-good news is that it’s a process that takes time to learn.

Teaching new photographers to see and compose photographs is very challenging. For photographers, it’s one of the most difficult things to effectively learn. But, over time, with a healthy dose of patience and childlike discovery, the principles of composition will eventually begin to seem as natural to you as inhaling and exhaling.

So remember:

Every photos needs a primary resting stop for the viewer. Many photos will also have secondary points of interest.

Diagonal lines will give a sense of action, direction, and movement.

Use layering to give your photos depth. Include points of interest in the foreground, mid-ground, and background.

The Joy of iPhotography is Jack Hollingsworth’s guide to the best ways to approach every possible subject with your iPhone, offering tips as clear and simple as the iPhone’s interface. Additionally you’ll see some great effects that you won’t find in Instagram (but your followers will love).

The Joy of iPhotography, Jack HollingsworthThe Joy of iPhotography
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