Improving Photographic Literacy

"There is no better time to crop a bad composition than just before you press the shutter release." -Bryan Peterson

Composition is how the subjects in your picture are arranged in the frame.  As the photographer you have total control over how this works and there are some tricks to creating better images.

We will go over the following compositional elements that you should consider when taking pictures:

  • Rule of thirds
  • Contrast and emphasis
  • Fill the frame
  • Center of interest
  • Lines: leading, verticle, horizontal, diagonal, spiral and curved
  • Circles and Triangles
  • Depth
  • Frame within the frame
  • Pattern and Texture
  • Symmetry
  • Room to move
These will all start to come naturally to you after you practice and become familiar with each style.  

Check out this video to see examples of each of these compositional elements.