Tips For Determining Your Photo Composition

Composition in photography is very essential. When you look around you, your field of vision seems to have no frame. What you don’t see only becomes visible when you turn your neck. This is different in photography. You are bound by a tight, rectangular frame. It is therefore important to think carefully about what does and does not come within this framework. In this way, you can compile a composition. To determine this, there are a number of things to look out for.


Your subject is the most important thing that should be visible in your frame. Therefore, ask yourself carefully who or what your subject is. A photo without a clear subject is not interesting and will not hold your attention for long.

Posting of your subject

Many starting photographers place their subject in the center of the frame. This is simple and safe. You are not really challenged when you view the photo, so your attention will not linger long.

Use the golden ratio to make your photos more attractive. This is a distribution of lines where your subject is on one of the intersecting lines. When you place your subject there, the viewer has the space to go off the rest of the image. Your photo can be read, as it were.

Foreground and background

If you do not look through the lens, your subject is easy to recognize. Your brain pays the most attention to this, the rest of the environment is of secondary importance. In the strict context of your viewfinder, it is important to consciously choose a foreground and background. Make sure they do not require more attention than your subject. Do this for example by taking a step to the left or right so that a tree is not directly behind your subject.

Viewing direction and viewing space

Every subject, people, buildings, and objects, has a viewing direction. You usually feel intuitive about what this viewing direction is. Allow the most space on the side of the viewing direction. If your subject looks too close to the edge of the frame, it feels the same as if someone doesn’t look at you during a conversation.

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