Simple composition tips

One of the three most important parts of photography is composition. And there are photographers who’ve written entire books on the subject.

However, there are two simple composition tips to improve your skills.


2 Simple composition tips

Learning as much as you can about the skills involved in photography will teach you a lot. But that takes time. So let’s get to those 2 simple tips…


Decide later which is best

First off. take lots of pictures of the scene.  Then later, you can go through your photos and decide which one is best.

It’s very easy to see something you like the look of, take one photo and move on.

And, sometimes that one photo will be enough to get a picture you’re happy with. But, if you only take one photo, you won’t know if you could’ve got a more powerful one.

So, next time you see something you want to take a photo of, by all means take it how you normally would. But then, take a minute to try from different positions, or distances, etc.


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Aim to photograph each subject from at least five different positions.

Then, when you get home later, sort through and pick your favourite one.

Once you’ve decided on your favourite, think about why you like it the best.

What is it about that particular image that makes it better than the others. What is it about the other images that doesn’t work as well?

Maybe get someone else to look at them too? See which one they like best.

If you get this part right, you’ve taken the first step to better photos.

Choose the best image


Always try to have a single point of interest

It’s important to make sure that the subject of your photo is easy to see.

Many photographic subjects
This photograph doesn’t have a main subject. Your eye drifts around the entire frame trying to find one.
A single subject
This photograph is a section of the first image. You can see the subject straight away.

It doesn’t have to be a single subject, but when someone else looks at your photography, you want them to immediately see what you saw.

So, always look to see if there’s anything in the frame that draws your eye away from the main subject.


Simple ways to do it

You can try shooting from different angles, get low to the ground, or reach up high for example.

You could move closer to the subject, or further away. You could take the photo with your camera in portrait position (the long edges on each side), and in landscape position (the long edges at the top and bottom).

Give it a try the next time your out taking photos. And if you have any questions, drop them in the comments section below.

Until next time, keep shooting!



Featured image courtesy Oliver Schmid

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