6 Free E-Books on Photography Composition

By Ritesh Saini / April 24, 2018

Looking to improve your photography composition and don't know where to start? We have put together a list of some free e-books and guides on composition to help you get better at it. There are guides on visual storytelling, choosing the right subjects, and street photography composition, among others, to inspire you. Be sure to check them out – they are all free!

(Note: If you would like to take your photography composition up a notch and want to really learn everything about it, take a look at Kent DuFault's bestselling guide on understanding composition)

A great use of leading lines. Photo by Thomas Leuthard

1. The Art of Visual Storytelling

This guide by professional photographer Karthika Gupta takes you through the various stages of visual storytelling and guides you on how to tell stories with photos, with sections on storyboarding with a single image versus multiple images, and how to inject your personality into it.


2. Photography Composition

composition 18 1Loosely composed shots will never have the kind of visual impact that a photo with a strong composition will have. This guide by photographer Jason Little discusses various compositional rules that you have at your disposal and how you can utilize them to produce visually captivating photographs.


3. Choosing the Right Photography Subjects

Choosing the subject is a critical step when composing your photographs. The right subject treated with a good composition can result in a great shot. This guide by photographer Karlo de Leon talks about the value of a subject in an image and guides you on how to decide what subject can work in a shot.


4. How to Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

Ever considered the photographic potential of the rather ordinary-looking, commonly used objects around you? Well, if you can apply some compositional elements when shooting them, you can create great shots. Photographer Leanne Cleaveley teaches you exactly how to do that in this guide.


5. The Street Photography Composition Manual

Street photographer Eric Kim has put together a wonderful e-book on composition in street photography. He talks about the different composition tools he utilizes in his photography – leading lines, hand gestures, horizontal vs vertical framing, and much more – all in the context of street photography.


6. Essays on Inspiration, Vision and Creativity in Photography

vision 18 1This is an inspiring compilation of essays by photographer Scott Bourne. Coming from his personal experiences, the essays touch upon his insights on topics like storytelling, seeing, creativity, and vision. The wide variety of tips scattered across the eBook are sure to help you grow as a photographer.


Get Better at Composition

If you'd like to learn the key elements of composition and how to apply them to consistently get remarkable shots, check out Kent DuFault's guide Understanding Composition over at Photzy. It has everything you need to know about composition and how to use it to create great photographs.


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About the author

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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