Simplify your photographic compositions to make better compositions:

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1. Look up

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Don’t just shoot at eye-level. Look up; there are often very interesting things you can photograph!

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2. Photograph one color

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If you want to practice color photography, fill the frame with one single color you find interesting– for example, the nice orange tone I found in this bathroom (orange with gaussian blur added in Photoshop):

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The solid color I saw:

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3. Surrealism

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Classic surrealistic street photograph: don’t include the face of the subject– only photograph their arms.

The surreal image:

This man doesn’t have a face — he is only arms, who is self-wrapping himself.

This can also be done by not photographing people. Photograph surreal in-animate objects.

For example, a spinal skeleton in the doctor office:

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Or wax legs (which look pseudo-real):

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4. Simple silhouette

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Shoot black and white on your camera, and create a simple separation between your subject and the background.

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For example, note the edge detection in the photo– the outline:

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5. Threes

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For more balance in your photos, have three subjects or elements in your photo. For example in this photo, a man crossing an escalator, and two reflections in the photo:

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Conclusion

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Let composition always be one of our obsessions.

I am optimistic: I believe there are still so many new photographic compositions which have not yet been discovered!

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Never stop pushing your photographic composition forward. Keep striving to make new compositions, and new images that the world (or at least you) haven’t seen before!

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