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Composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art according to the principles of art.

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How to reposition subject in the same place and pose in a series of images over time

I am going on a lengthy road trip this summer, and I wanted to have some fun with the pictures I take. I thought it would be cool to take pictures of my girlfriend in various locations, but have her ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

I do a lot of writing about tabletop games, some of it paid, professional work. Often, editors ask that I also supply photographs of the games in play to illustrate the articles. I know very little ...
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How to make use of the light wind blowing in the garden which doesn't allow the flowers to remain still?

I have the 60mm macro lens which I am unable to use, ever, because of the light wind blowing in the garden which doesn't allow the flowers to remain still. I am thinking is there a way by which I can ...
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When are people or cars in photos not the subject?

I have a photo of a parking lot in overcast, rainy conditions. I personally consider my subject or theme to be the state of the weather and the condition of the quality of the humid air. A friend ...
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How to improve the composition of the scene depicting time's effect on age?

This is what I have tried: Have used a vintage watch to depict old times, extremely dry leaves, and somewhat fresh flowers. Intention was to show increasing age with time. I have kept watch out ...
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Indoor timelapse photo

Have a big mess in a room and want to make a timelapse video of the room cleanup, watching the mess disappear and room getting cleaned. The mess is really big so it will take several X-hour sessions ...
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How to use the Fibonacci spiral to create better photos?

How do I use the golden ratio/the fibonacci spiral to create better photos? What should be where? As I understand it, the main focus should be where the spiral gets smaller. But what about other ...
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How to create shadows and highlights on a subject during photo manipulation in Photoshop?

What is the best method to create shadows (darken) and highlights (brighten) on a subject to match the lighting of new background image during photo manipulation in Photoshop?
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How to show great heights and depths without the road dividing the picture into two halves?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bolivia_Yunga_Road.jpg Here I could notice great height and depth because the road and the vehicles were placed in the center of the picture. Therefore they were ...
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How to improve wide-angle composition in travel photography to make it more dynamic?

I love taking wide-angle photos of people with my ultra-wide angle zoom lens on my travels (11-16mm Tokina) as I get to closely interact with my subjects. I try to shoot photos where there is some ...
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Is there a way to display golden ratio and the rule of thirds on a Canon DSLR?

There is not much talk about the Golden Ratio in the web, and all of them are almost the same. I have a Canon 1200D, and I was mostly interested to learn more about this, and specifically, to be able ...
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General rules when compression in the background looks good (like with longer focal lengths)?

Is there any general set of rules or guidelines on when would the background compression generated by a long focal length look good in a picture? Example : in a headshot, I really like the background ...
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Cropping images in post-production - how important is the image ratio?

On some photos, I have some parts that I want to remove, as it was not possible to be removed while shooting. For example, consider this composition: wall - tree - center wall (photo subject) - tree -...
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What are different composition techniques for landscape photography?

I like to shoot landscapes. Generally rule of third's is preferred while shooting. What are some other composition techniques that will improve photographing landscapes???
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Why do people like square photos?

Cameras used to make rectangle photos all the time, but now I see as a trend square photos. Is that because of mobile phone screens, or is it something else?
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Why are mystery and ambiguity valued in art photography when they're not positive in normal life?

This question is based on following observations and quotes In engineering, and in most part of human life, ambiguity and mystery is not a good thing. In art photography, mystery is very important ...
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Composition for Ken Burns Effect

I have an assignment to shoot architectural, wildlife, and landscape stills for a video production team who wants to present them using some variation of the Ken Burns effect. I am concerned that ...
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How to achieve simplification in composition?

Simplification is a great tool for creating photographs with artistic quality – it stays away from unnecessary/obvious things and helps the image not to be “busy”. I was searching various blogs and ...
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How can I control figure-to-ground composition when I can't stage the whole scene?

Figure-to-Ground is something caught my attention recently in a video "Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers". This technique makes photos really readbale – and clearly tells what ...
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How to decide the colour combinations while setting up still life objects?

Let's assume I have bottles of different colours. I want to make a still life photograph with them. How should I decide which colours go well with others? Example - should blue bottle be placed next ...
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If viewers don't respond to the rule of thirds, why do some photographers still emphasize it?

Previous posts (1, 2) explain the concept of the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio. Some previous answers state that the Rule of Thirds is the Golden Ratio, but that is not true. The two are ...
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How can I compose city / cityscape shots to avoid distracting elements?

Too many of my travel photos look like this. The subject of the photo is obviously the church, but the random people and cars around it are quite annoying. The traffic light in front of the mosaic is ...
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How to break mental models when taking pictures?

I've started to learn photography and I start to appreciate what makes a good picture. One of the problems that I've noticed is how to look to the world. For me, taking a picture is a kind of tunnel ...
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My attention gets repeatedly distracted by the elements needed for the context in this picture. Where am I going wrong?

I am posting this photo as example but I suggest the answerers to remain generalized. I took this photo yesterday. Intension was to show the bonding between the father and the daughter as well as the ...
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How can I compose shots with tall buildings without boring sky dominating the image?

How to compose/frame shots with tall buildings without "just" sky? For example, Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, Hoover Building ... Most of my attempts result in lots of pixels of boring sky. Here is ...
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Can Still Life photography have framing?

Can a still life image have framing in it or is framing usually found in landscape photography?
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In which scenarios does it make sense to have the subject look straight into the camera?

I have often seen many people write critiques such as - Subject is not looking in the camera so I don't feel connected! on photos where the subject is not engaged in some particular activity ...
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What does it mean when something is “distracting”?

I asked for opinions on a photograph I took, and someone told me that an object in the background is "distracting". I wasn't sure exactly what this means, so I did some searching. I found many ...
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When can cropping off a part or including the whole subject's body be considered a distraction?

Basically the question is that when am I free to chop off the subject's body part and when I am not? These photos are taken by me. Can you see the chopped body parts here? I wish to understand the ...
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How to compose a scene when including the actual context isn't simply practical?

In the below photograph of mine the father and the child were watching the wall lizard in the room. It wasn't practical for me to include the lizard since it was far away on the roof. Moreover the ...
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When does “Fill the frame” become “Too tightly framed”?

Many times I have noticed people critiquing other people's pictures, saying either - "It is too tightly framed" or "you haven't filled the frame". Below are two photographs taken by me. I don't know ...
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What are some other terms for a 3/4 shot?

I know it as the American shot or American wide, but what are some other names?
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How to apply the Rule of Thirds with people?

If the subject of the photo is a mother beside her child who just graduated in a graduation ceremony, how would I be able to apply the rule of thirds?
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Is there a rule for something like “footroom”?

I'm familiar with headroom concept. Is there rule of thumb for "footroom" (how much space to leave beneath the subject)? I suppose the answer may differ depend on shooting style/purpose, so I limit ...
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Breaking composition rules [closed]

There are many articles in the internet about composition rules. And almost all of them says many masters sometimes break composition rules to make more appealing photographs. But the problem I face ...
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Is cropping out someone's ear a no-no in a portrait?

I know limbs have their compositional rules. I'm working on a self-portrait where I'm contemplatively looking left. To emphasize the effect, I want to crop my right ear off (hey, no Van Gough jokes!). ...
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Advice on shooting a magazine centerfold [closed]

Although, I shoot a lot of events, sports, and travel photography (fast pace photography as I call it), I just got my first "high glossy" magazine gig. It will be to shoot a subject in the foreground ...
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Is it better for a beginner to start with black and white photography?

I'm quite a beginner in photography with no real experience in visual art. I became interested in it about 10 months ago. I inferred from the literature to avoid color photography for 2 to 3 years, ...
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How can I make a picture like this one of a bridge in green landscape seem less plain?

Recently I have taken a photo of this bridge in Japan with my NEX-6. At first I thought it's an okay photo until I showed it to one of my friend and she said it looks plain. How can this photo be ...
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Stepping up my lighting for lego photography

I find lot of fun shooting pictures of toys, especially Lego bricks. To light my scenes, I'm using one or more of those elements : Natural light Canon 430 EX II Small torch LEDs torch Here is a ...
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How to show happiness in a playground without any human presence?

I don't have any humans to pose. I have a playground with a swing which rotates to and fro. I also have children's toys and clothes and shoes. I wish to create a scene which shows that a child "was" ...
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Composing great profile/cover images for social media

Are there any design/artistic 'rules' which could be effectively applied to help make social media profile images (like Facebook profile images/covers) more engaging and integrate well with the target ...
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How can I make successful abstract photographs?

I am trying to impress some of my friends, and also my teacher (who is a professional photographer). He asked us to take three frames to represent abstract photography. I have taken some shots and I ...
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Do Left and Right matter in how the photo is perceived?

Usually, when composing I choose if placing the subject on one side or the other depending on the subject itself, the background or other subjective or practical reasons. But abstracting out from ...
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How to shoot photo with the sun fully surrounding foreground subject

I saw this artwork for Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" song and it begged the question "How was that shot?" My guess is an extreme telephoto lens allowing the sun and the band to be visually compressed ...
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Is this a good example of “Rule of Thirds”? [duplicate]

I've been doing extensive research into photography, and I want to ensure that I understand the "Rule of Thirds" correctly. So my question, to all the experts out there, is, is this photo a good ...
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When should the negative space not be used to bring attention to a subject?

Considering http://photo.stackexchange.com/a/21378/5205 I tried to bring attention to this bud by leaving a lot of space on the right, but nearly everyone told me to crop that space off. http://www....
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How to compose outdoor group shoots to balance the subjects and the background?

I have been shooting landscapes mostly with my budget DSLR Canon EOS 1100D. I am tasked with taking photos on outdoor occasions now. I have no clue on how to shoot an individual/group in outdoors. Be ...
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How to photograph an adult and a child together such that the adult doesn't dominate the scene?

I have taken the following photographs myself in different frames of time. I have been told that in the below pictures, the man "dominates" the scene. How should I take these kind of photos such that ...
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How do I photograph a server room / datacenter floor in a unique way? [closed]

I have seen a lot of sys-admins and technical people who came here via StackOverflow or other Stackexchange sites and create stunning photography. I would like to get input on creative angles and ways ...