Improve Photo Composition in Six Steps

Beautiful photographs can be taken by using tips from Journalist’ Toolkit.

Keep it simple, especially the background. Busy photos add too much confusion.

Imagine lines drawn making three equal rows and columns totaling nine boxes. Place your focal point at one of the intersecting lines — leave room in front of the subject if they are moving. This tip is called “Rule of Thirds.”

Lines are simple and make the photograph interesting.

Geometric shapes add balance to the picture: triangles add an artistic feel, the S curve is aesthetically pleasing.

Frame your subject using objects — a way to add depth and character.

Mergers ruin what an otherwise beautiful photo. Avoid making separate objects appear connected.

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