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Why does composition matter so much? Because a photograph is, for the sake of this discussion, a two dimensional representation of some very small portion of our three dimensional world. Composition provides a way in which to convey in a compelling manner what you are seeing despite the absence of that third dimension. With composition, you are simply arranging the visual elements of a scene in such a way that anyone who views your photo can’t help but spend more than a few seconds with it. In-focus subjects and “correct” exposure are important, but such technical particulars only go so far in crafting a photo that really holds a viewer’s attention. It is composition that seals the deal. With that in mind, let’s have a quick look at some commonly used composition guidelines.
Rule Of Thirds
Everyone knows this one, right? It’s probably the composition guideline you first became aware of when you got into photography. The rule of thirds is a simple but effect approach to placing the subject in a photo. Divide the scene you wish to photograph into three equal sections (you can use your imagination or you can use the gridlines on your camera’s LCD/viewfinder). Place your subject along any of the four intersecting points. The result is an image that is pleasing to the eye and easy to digest.