15 Photographs That Make Excellent Use of These Five Composition Techniques

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Composition makes a photograph. A poor composition of a great subject may only result in an ordinary image at best. On the other hand, a strong composition – even if it’s of a rather ordinary subject – can help you create a truly exceptional image.

Now, if you're really looking to move beyond the basics of composition in photography and get into the more advanced ideas, you would be well advised to look at Kent Dufault's guide to advanced composition, but for now, let's move on.

As a photographer, you should be aware of some compositional tools that you can use to your advantage and elevate your photos from ordinary to remarkable. These compositional tools range from the oft-cited ‘Rule of Thirds’ to others such as ‘Leading Lines’ and ‘Negative Space’.

This post is a collection of photographs that demonstrate great use of five important composition techniques – 1) Rule of Thirds (or) Golden Spiral, 2) Symmetry, 3) Leading Lines, 4) Patterns, and 5) Negative Space. Of course, there are many other composition techniques too and we will cover them in a follow-up post very soon.

We hope these photos serve as an inspiration to help you with photography composition!


1. Rule of Thirds


Photo by Nick Kenrick


Photo by Nikos Koutoulas


Photo by Thomas Leuthard

You can read more about the Rule of Thirds here.


2. Symmetry


Photo by Thomas Leuthard


Photo by Tambako The Jaguar


Photo by Magdalena Roeseler


3. Leading Lines


Photo by Georgie Pauwels


Photo by Broo_am (Andy B)


Photo by piotr mamnaimie

To learn more about ‘Leading Lines', read the article here.


4. Patterns


Photo by J Brew


Photo by aotaro


Photo by Rosmarie Voegtli

To know more about how to use patterns in your composition, check out this article.


5. Negative Space


Photo by Helga Weber


Photo by Thomas Leth-Olsen


Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Read more about using ‘Negative Space' here.


Take Your Photography Composition to the Next Level

If you would like to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, we recommend Photzy’s best-selling guide Advanced Composition for an in-depth training on the subject. With this guide, you will learn how to see light, shadow, lines, curves, repetition and much more, and also develop the skills of anticipation, pre-visualization and timing. Click here now to check it out.

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Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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