The fun joy with shooting layers:

A visual challenge, joy, interest, and game!

How to shoot layers

First, you just gotta find an interesting scene and background, and while you’re walking, keep shooting. Shoot from a low angle, get close, and try to integrate layers.

The key thought:

Try to make the photos as dynamic and full as possible.

How to pick your favorites

Looking at my photos in WordPress Media Library

My suggestion:

Look at your photos as small thumbnails, then choose your favorite photos based on your gut.

Also when you’re looking through your photos (in say Lightroom), make sure to black out the edges, and you can better see the compositions.

Then analyze the compositions:

Screenshot on Mac, then drawn with screenshot tool on Mac.

Ultimately, it is just a fun game!

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Composition is a game. No rules. Just have fun!

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In pursuit of making (greater) compositions!

Technical compositions

Composition Studies

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Philosophy of Composition

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Henri Cartier-Bresson Composition Simplified

Aesthetics

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Master composition for yourself:

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Tokyo, 2017

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Sergio Larrain Compositions

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Leading lines. ERIC KIM DYNAMIC COMPOSITION

Painting Compositions

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Dynamic Photography Composition Tips

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

Composition Theory

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.”

Further articles to improve your compositions in photography:

Composition Theory

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

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