A Brief View Of Photographic Composition

What's the secret to great compositions in images? It starts with knowing the 'rules', sticking to the major ones, and then throwing them out in favor of your own style! 

I came across the video the other day and thought it may be helpful for those of you just getting started with photography. The images it uses to demonstrate the principles are nothing too special within themselves, but I do think he gives a few good pointers that can help everyone. 

What's the secret to great compositions in images? It starts with knowing the 'rules', sticking to the major ones, and then throwing them out in favor of your own style! 

A few of the major takeaways from this video are:

-What's your intended Point of Interest? If you don't, how can your viewers?

-Keep in mind the 'Rule of Thirds', but don't treat it as gospel. 

-Framing generally helps direct the eye where you want it, and can come in a nearly endless variety of flavors and techniques. 

-Keep an eye on the Eye Line of your subjects. 

-'The Eyes Have It' Focus on the eyes is perhaps one of the 'unbreakable' rules of photography.

-Every Element in an image should be there because you want it there

-Busy or distracting backgrounds will kill your images every time. 

-Bright colors and overexposed areas draw the eye directly in, whether that's where you want them to be or not. 

-Lead the viewer's eye into your images

-Leave room for the subject to move or 'be', without feeling too boxed in. 

-Our eyes and cameras see things differently. Learn how and why and use it to your advantage. 

-Great photographs not only record what you saw, but communicate it to others, without needing words or language. 

Quinn Ryan Mattingly

ho chi min city, vietnam

Quinn is a photographer in Saigon