Practical Golden Triangle composition tips when shooting street photography:

1. Photograph someone as they’re exiting your frame

Golden triangle


2. Place your subject in the far left or the far right of the frame


3. Practice shooting a shadow selfie of yourself

Golden triangle composition street photography eric kim

4. Tilt your camera and shoot from a low angle with a wide-angle lens (like a 28mm)

Diagonal composition street photography suit Lisbon

Diagonal composition Lisbon

Golden triangle composition street photography eric kim

5. Try putting the Golden triangle composition on your photos after the fact

Lisbon walking woman

You won’t always think about the Golden triangle composition while you’re shooting. Practice sketching it on your photo after the fact (when you’re at home) to better analyze your own compositions!

Sketch Lisbon Street photography

6. Practice on your loved ones


7. Negative space

Golden triangle composition street photography eric kim

Put your subject off-center, and get more black or negative space in your photo!


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Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM
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Dynamic low angle composition. Tokyo, 2011 by ERIC KIM
Dynamic low angle composition. Tokyo, 2011 by ERIC KIM

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DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS. Man and three reflections by ERIC KIM
DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS. Man and three reflections by ERIC KIM

For distilled lessons on composition, read the free ebook: “The Street Photography Composition Manual.”

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Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM
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