30 Photographs That Make Brilliant Use Of Compositional Guidelines


A lot of factors such as light, subjects, colors, etc., go into creating a compelling and effective photograph and one of the most important factors that need to be given serious consideration is composition. A photograph can go from good to great by making use of the right compositional guidelines that suit the scenario and the story in the photo.

Composition in photography refers to how the objects or elements in a photograph are arranged or placed so it creates a sense of balance and helps keep the viewer engaged. Depending on the compositional guideline used, the composition should take the viewer straight to the main point of interest or guide the viewer along with the different elements in the image to the point of interest.

Photographers do not need to stick to only one compositional guideline in a photograph but can combine more than one to create a powerful image. Here are some images that make use of brilliant compositional guidelines. If you are a beginner, this list will help you to observe each image and learn the techniques used to make each image powerful and visually appealing.

If you would like to master composition and create beautiful photographs, then you should check out Understanding Composition by Photzy. This eBook is packed with illustrations, case studies, and assignments to verify your knowledge.

Image by Artem Gavrysh
Image by Stephanie Studer
Image by Maulana
Image by Karolina Grabowska
Image by Karolina Grabowska
Image by Lachlan Gowen

If you want to learn how to determine the flow of a scene so that setting up the perfect shot is effortless, then you should check out Understanding Composition by Photzy. The easy to understand case studies make learning a breeze..

Image by Victoria Emerson
Image by Francesco Ungaro
Image by Vincent Ledvina
Image by Harrison Candlin
Image by Hongmei Zhao
Image by Johannes Plenio
Image by rayul
Image by Paul IJsendoorn

If you want to learn to spot great composition in a scene quickly, so you don’t miss out on those brilliant shots again, then you should check out Understanding Composition by Photzy. You will no longer feel overwhelmed by not being able to get the shots you really want.

Image by Jongsun Lee
Image by Jill Burrow
Image by Maria Orlova
Image by Adam Bixby
Image by Dids
Image by Karolina Grabowska
Image by Jack Anstey

Composition is the key to get your viewers' attention and get your photographs noticed. It doesn't matter what type of photography you do, compositional guidelines are a must for anyone who is serious about photography. Once you understand these guidelines, you will be able to see them everywhere around you and as a result, make brilliant images. For that, check out Understanding Composition by Photzy to understand the key elements of composition so you’ll be on your way to taking award-winning shots in no time.

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Dahlia is a stock photographer and full time educator at Light Stalking. You can find her on Gurushots and see some of her more popular articles at The American Society of Media Photographers. Get to know her better here.

These are outstanding images, truly works of art. I especially loved the image by Mark Timberlake, something about it looks haunting and full of character. Mastering composition seems to be what separates the novice from the ones who have the keen eye for imagery.

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