Photography Composition Tutorials

Photography Composition Tutorials

Composition is at the very heart of taking great photographs. It doesn’t matter how good your camera is or how skilled you are with photo editing – it is the composition of your photographs that will make or break your creative projects.

In this series, photographer Rob Patterson introduces you to the basic rules and principles of composition that professional photographers think about every time they pick up the camera. You will learn what to look for, what to avoid, and most of all – how to think like a photographer.

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Introduction to Composition

This introduction to composition is intended to reinforce some fundamental rules and guidelines about photo composition, as well as provide tips and inspire new ideas.


How to Use Lines In Photo Composition

Lines are key compositional elements in photography. This tutorial will show you how to use lines most effectively in your photos.


What is Depth of Field?

You’ve probably heard the term depth of field before, but depending on how familiar you are with photography you may not know exactly what it means. So what is depth of field? The quick definition is that depth of field determines how much of the field of view is in focus. This is helpful for ensuring that your subject is properly focused while blurring the background.

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Quick Tips on How to Take Better Photos

Although backlighting your subject can be problematic in photography, sometimes it can be used to great effect – as seen in this pretty example. This tutorial will take a look at some of the most commonly made mistakes and situations to avoid in photography.


Negative Space

“Negative Space” is a more advanced concept in composition, and is all about positioning your subject matter correctly.

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The Golden Mean and the Rule of Thirds

Understanding how to use the Golden Mean and the Rule of Thirds is essential to composing great photographs. This tutorial will introduce you to these two foundational concepts.


Compositional Elements to Look for in a Photo

It is important to consider different compositional elements when choosing the subject of your photo to ensure a quality image. This tutorial addresses three of the most common elements for taking great photos.

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