Examples of Great Composition

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Hello friends, I’d like to start a discussion on photo composition. Sometimes it’s easy to define why a photo does or does not have great composition – sometimes it’s hard to define. There are a lot of great “rules” out there to keep in mind when composing a shot – balance, rule of thirds, avoiding mergers, framing, simplicity, perspective, etc. Developing an intuitive eye for composition takes a lot of time, and practice practice practice.

I will expound upon individual composition “rules” in future entries. For now I thought I’d provide some great examples of composition, from my perusal of Flickr Creative Commons.

(Also, in a blatant bid for sympathy, I have the flu and my medicated brain isn’t up for coherent explanations right now!)

A great, almost literal, use of the concept of framing.

A great, almost literal, use of the concept of "framing".

 

Nice use of the horizon line - 1/3 up the frame instead of centered.  2/3 up the frame works well when the focus is on the ground, too.

Nice use of the horizon line - 1/3 up the frame instead of centered. 2/3 up the frame works well when the focus is on the ground, too.

 

Lovely and simple, with great balance.

Lovely and simple, with great balance.

 

Another lovely example of simplicity, with great application of the rule of thirds.

Another lovely example of simplicity, with great application of the "rule of thirds".

 

A very cool use of balance, framing, simplicity, AND perpective.

A very cool use of balance, framing, simplicity, AND perspective.

Please feel free to share your own examples of great composition in the comments!

Photo Credits (in order of appearance):
- “Outside the frame” by Hamed Masoumi on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “And the road goes on and on” by Eugeni Dodonov on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “My Breath of Joy” by Vincepal on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Rose Bud” by Abhijit Tembhekar on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Tiree Perspective” by MacJewell on Flickr Creative Commons.

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