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Whatever camera you use it important to master the rules of composition. Here we highlight some websites devoted to this task.

Each has been chosen for its easy to follow quality and and overall simplicity.

This site is primary aimed for the beginner but contains excellent advice for all photographers.

Top Ten Photography Rules – Published by Photography Mad
This is a clean easy to follow website  which deals with …

  1. Rule of Thirds
  2. Balancing Elements
  3. Leading Lines
  4. Symmetry and Patterns
  5. Viewpoint
  6. Background 
  7. Depth 
  8. Framing
  9. Cropping
  10. Experimentation

How to use Composition to Improve your Photography – Published by DP Review
This sites covers similar ground to Ten Photography Rules but in a simplified way. Mostly for the beginner.

Ten Rules of Photography and why they workPublished by Digital Camera Magazine
Again covers similar ground but differs from the above in that they emphasise the point of spontaneity. 

Top Composition Tips – Published by the School of Photography
This site takes a slightly different approach to others and introduces some different concepts to consider. Discusses when it is useful to ‘break the rules.  Aimed at the intermediate photographer

  1. Working the Lines in Your Photography (how to use horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines)
  2. Finding Fresh Angles to Shoot From
  3. Photographing Children – Composition
  4. Getting Horizons Horizontal
  5. Getting Images Straight
  6. The Importance of Focal Points
  7. Creating Active Space – Photographing Moving Subjects
  8. Getting Backgrounds Right
  9. How to Use Converging Lines to Enhance Your Photography
  10. 4 Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography
  11. How to Break the ‘Rules’ of Photograph

Twenty Composition Techniques that will Improve your PhotographyPublished by PetaPixel
This sites takes composition a stage further by looking in more depth at the subject as well as adding some new concepts and rules. This site is intended for both beginners and more experienced photographers.

  1. Centred Composition
  2. Foreground Interest and Depth
  3. Framing (especially frames with a frame)
  4. Diagonals and Triangles
  5. Patterns and Textures
  6. Rules of Odds
  7. Filling the Frame
  8. Leave Negative Space
  9. Simplicity and Minimalism
  10. Isolate the Subject
  11. The Golden Ratio
  12. Point (Angle) of View
  13. Getting the Right Colour Combinations
  14. The Right to Left Rules
  15. Juxtaposition

If you know of any other websites which deal with composition in an easy to follow way please let us know and we will include them here.


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