Simple ones:

Centered composition

Subject on extreme left (or right) of the frame

Place the eye of the subject in the center of the frame

Renaissance painters have been doing this forever.

Triangle composition

Leading your viewers eyes through the frame

An open door… make it feel as if the viewer is taking the leap forward and outwards!

Lines leading OUTSIDE the frame

Arabesque (curved) composition

Blur is useful here.

Two triangle composition, subject on extreme end

New technique:

You create a dual triangle — with intersection in the center.

The effect — the photo feels like it is flowing OUT of the bounds of the frame. Theory:

Good compositions lead the eyes of the viewer BEYOND the frame!

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION 101

In pursuit of making (greater) compositions!

The Game of Composition

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Technical compositions

Composition Studies

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Philosophy of Composition

Henri Cartier-Bresson Composition Simplified GIF
Henri Cartier-Bresson Composition Simplified

Aesthetics

Downtown LA, 2015 (shot on a Ricoh GR with the fixed-focal 28mm lens)

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Master composition for yourself:

Photography Composition Concepts

Street Photography Composition Tips

Tokyo, 2017
Tokyo, 2017

Photography Composition Tips

Color Theory

Color wheel theory: Dynamic tension between opposing colors.
Color wheel theory: Dynamic tension between opposing colors. Image from CREATIVE EVERY DAY

Learn From the Masters of Composition

Sergio Larrain Compositions
Sergio Larrain Compositions

Dynamic Photography Composition 101

Leading lines. ERIC KIM DYNAMIC COMPOSITION
Leading lines. ERIC KIM DYNAMIC COMPOSITION

Painting Compositions

Vermeer

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

Take your composition to the next level:


Street Photography Composition 101

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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Composition pictures/grids

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Golden Diagonal Composition

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Golden Diagonal Composition / Kyoto Station, 2018

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