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Basic Photography Lessons - Composition


Understanding proper balance of space and angle at which you position your subject can help create certain artistic effects when taking photographs. To create a photograph, it is not enough to just take a picture of a scene or a subject - the composition of an image determines the expressiveness and sometimes helps tell the story behind your photographs. It gives that important first impression that draws the audience to look closer into the details of your pictures.

There is no definitive rule about how to compose your pictures. The effect varies on different scenes, on different conditions and on different subjects. There are however some factors that are important to understand and some rules that may be used as a guide to help you create that desired perfect composition. Learning these rules and knowing the different factors that affect the composition of a picture will not guarantee that all your photographs will be a hit but it will give you more options and an improved sense of how to creatively capture an image rather than just point flat and center your subject (although even that too will work just fine).

This section will discuss about Depth of Field, the effects of distance and Zooming, Rule of Thirds, The Golden Section rule, and the Diagonal Rule. Remember, these are just guides, so learn them but don't be afraid to break them.