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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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Try something new: ask your subjects to look out of the frame

‘Look at the camera and smile,’ is a pretty standard instruction to your models, but it’s hard to get creativity into shots like that. So, let’s try the opposite! Ask your models to gaze out […]

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Choosing between horizontal and vertical framing

When do you rotate the camera for a vertical shot? Horizontal is the default because of the way cameras are designed to be held, but vertical offers different possibilities. This is Monument Valley, straddling Arizona […]

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Framing: get it right to tell your movie's story

Understanding how to properly frame your shots is at the core of photography and cinema fundamentals. Framing is the way you draw attention to your subject by using the space and environment within the shot […]

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Stretching boundaries in landscape editing

The minimising effect a wide-angle lens can have on distant elements can be a drawback when photographing certain subjects, such as a sweeping landscape with mountains on the horizon and no particular focal point in […]

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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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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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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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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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Toeing the line: from infinity points to leading lines in your photos

While it might feel a bit peculiar or contrived to search for lines to insert into your photographic compositions, they’re an important design element that you shouldn’t overlook or dismiss. Lines have the potential to […]

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