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Every photo is a balancing act

A fundamental part of composition, balance is arranging the elements of the frame such that tension is both created and resolved. Balance is not about things being exactly the same in some scientific sense: that […]

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The rule of odds

The rule of odds is simple to understand: odd numbers of items work better in a photograph than even numbers of the same things. If you a photographing more than one of something, three or […]

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Viewpoint and composition for landscape photography

Choosing the right viewpoint and composition is essential for producing landscape images that stand out from the rest. For most locations there will be multiple options. Rather than choosing one single viewpoint and composition, shooting, […]

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Making the most of minimalist compositions

Some people say that photography is based on the art of subtraction; the careful selection and arrangement of elements in a scene so the viewer can concentrate on the message the photographer wishes to communicate. […]

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Understanding loose framing

There’s a subtle but important distinction between framing and, let’s say, composition. Framing the shot usually comes before anything else—the first decision. Composition (or design if you like) covers the whole range of organizing the […]

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Where to position your focal point

Because improving your photography means learning how to control certain settings to get your desired results more consistently, many people work on mastering a shallow depth of field. This image was about capturing the scale […]

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What are 'headroom' and 'lead room' in video?

In video terms, composition refers to the placement and arrangement of visual elements within a shot. Lines, points of focus, and space are a few elements you should pay close attention to when composing your […]

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What is the golden ratio?

Warning: maths ahead! But hang on in there—it’s fascinating maths! The golden ratio, symbolised by the Greek letter Phi, has a value of approximately 1.618. Artists have used this ratio as a basis for composition […]

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Visualise, compose, shoot

Visualize, compose, and shoot: it’s the same three-step process you should go through with almost every photograph that you take. Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, MT The first step—visualization—is all about becoming aware of the […]

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5 compositional tips for better smartphone photos

When you’re composing your image in your frame, having some guidelines for how to fill it to create a compelling image can be useful. These aren’t the only compositional ‘rules’ but they are a good […]

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'X' marks the spot: where to place a couple in a frame

Where can you place your couple in the frame for maximum impact? This is a fundamental question for any portrait photographer. It’ll be top of your consideration list, together with light and lines, and certainly […]

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Close up or context? Choosing framing for your photos

Although my natural tendency is to zoom into most subjects, if I had to choose between always capturing just the close-ups, or just the context, it would be a difficult decision. For as much as […]

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