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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 do I create a sense of power and splendor in an image?

I'm trying to take that convey strong emotional feelings, and I would like to know whether there is any particular color scheme or type of picture that would convey a feeling of power and/or splendor. ...
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What is the “visual center” of an image?

I've heard that one of the tricks designers use for a more effective result is placing an object in the visual center. Where is the visual center in an image, why is it important, and how could it be ...
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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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What would be examples of Principle of Alternation, other than chiaroscuro?

I watched this video of Online Art Academy about Design Principle of Alternation, where alternating light and dark is used to add rhythm, interest and vitality into composition. An obvious example of ...
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What is a good composition style for photographs like these?

In my photography classes and online resources, I have learned about photographing the subject with a space to breathe in the photograph. But there are several photos in which the head is facing bit ...
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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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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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How do you photograph sand dunes?

In 2010 I was lucky enough to visit Death Valley. While we were there we went to the sand dunes. I took this shot Its not how I remembered the scene, It seems as if a lot of the detail has been ...
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How can I improve the composition of my food photos?

I am extremely new to food photography and blogging. I am trying to get on foodgawker.com to drive more traffic to my site, but they rejected this photo due to the composition being too tight. If ...
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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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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 do I use a 6x4 grid in the viewfinder?

The new Canon 5D Mark III allow you to activate a 6x4 grid in the viewfinder. Does anyone know the use of such a grid (instead of a more classic 3x3) for composition, besides obvious ...
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How to show the theme “What happened??”

I wanted to show the theme "What happened??" here. I showed this to some non-photographers, they couldn't make out anything out of this. What can I do here to improve the composition?
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How to compose a scene which doesn't have any apparent story?

On 1x people often say that to complete a story you need to have a third element. Fine, but what can you do when you don't have a human around to pose for you? How to compose the following scene so ...
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Subject out of center — what is correct term?

Composition which consists of placing the topic or main subject to the side and never in center of the picture: does that technique have a name?
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Why does the viewfinder of the Nikon D90 have a 4×4 grid instead of 3×3?

I was amazed that viewfinder of my camera has a 4 x 4 grid. Why is this? There's no 3 x 3 grid. Sad. What is the reason to did it so? Is it possible to fix it (upgrade software of camera)? What ...
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How should I position my lighting for photographing books?

This is my setup for photographing books: .. but I have issues with glossy books and magazines. I need help understanding the best place to position the lights so it covers the entire cradle (120 ...
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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 any software or phone camera app that can give advice about composition?

Is there any software/ phone camera app that can give advice about composition while shooting an image? Or would it be possible develop an app for that? For example, maybe giving advice about the ...
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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 use control over the aperture to take better photos?

I upgraded from a point-and-shoot to a Sony NEX a few months back. I think I've made substantial progress with regards to many aspects of photography like composition, the rule of thirds, ISO, ...
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Learning path for better lighting and composition [closed]

I have been a hobbyist photographer with my 5 year old Nikon D40 (18-55mm) until now. I do get occasional good shots, but most of them are not satisfying in terms of good lighting and composition. I ...
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Advice on composition and editing of the following picture [closed]

I'm new to photography (as in I just borrowed my first DSLR 2 days ago), I'm in the "read something new and go apply it in the field" phase. Yesterday walking home from work, I saw an interesting ...
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Is there a Clippy for Photography?

I have a Nikon D90 with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lens. What I am looking for is a website that can help me learn about how to best use my camera, something like "Hello, I see you are ...
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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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How to photograph a paper-boat in the river?

I have this idea of taking photo of a handmade boat and show it as it is waving in a river!... Here is a normal photo of the boat itself: My camera is a semi-professional Canon! Ideas about the ...
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What is a 50mm focal length good for on an APS-C camera?

This is on a Sony NEX, so the 35-mm equivalent focal length is 75mm. What kind of photography is this focal length good for? I shoot low-light, landscapes / cityscapes, and the typical vacation ...
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How to shoot water spilled on the floor?

I am planning a scene with water spilled on a floor or desk. The floor and desks have designs which will be distracting for my shot. I am thinking of placing a paper sheet as a back drop. Which ...
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How do I make sample photos for cameras/lenses? [duplicate]

If I want to compare different cameras or lenses, what properties should the photos that I use have? And what should I do in order to get the most information? I can think of the following, but ...
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How do I compose an image for use as a browser background or wallpaper on a widescreen monitor?

I want to use some of my images for the background of a web page in my browser and for computer desktop wallpaper on my widescreen notebook. When I use a (landscape oriented) picture as is (in a ...
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What should I look for in taking pictures of a historic prison?

I need some helpful advice for for an onsite shoot coming up. We are going to the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. We are going to be there for almost an entire day. What I need is advice on ...
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How can I make this food photo more interesting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to know to get started with food photography? I am a food blogger and am beginning to learn photography. I need suggestions on how to take better ...
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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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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 ...
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How to improve the composition flaw in this candle photograph?

From here: http://1x.com/forum/bookmarked/31716/critique-on-photo-untitled it's unbalanced. It almost looks like two images beside each other - one of the lying down candles and one of the upright ...
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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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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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How to make some nice photographs of midday sun? [closed]

Can i get some ideas on how to photograph midday sun to make it interesting? The fact why I ask this question is that photographing the midday sun alone gives a dumb photograph. Only idea that ...
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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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Tips for shooting playing cards?

I would like to shoot playing cards (a deck of 60 cards and a big deck of 120 cards) and have questions regarding lighting and composition: What are good camera angles? Would you lay them flat on a ...
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The best single photography book start point from the artistic point of view? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Books/resources on the artistic side of photograpy? Okay. There are lots of books out there that are eager to tell people what is exposure, f-stops and talk about all ...
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Best tips for composition and learning composition? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good books to learn photographic composition from? Can anyone suggest books/resources on the artistic side of photography? ...
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strong colour photo compositions [closed]

How do you take photographs with strong colour compositions? I have a canon 60D and Im a learner. Do you have any tips / best practices you could share? I would like to take pictures like the ones on ...
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How do I make a landscape photo containing many important elements feel well composed?

On the question "Does this sunrise photograph have a problem with white balance?", there is a comment by Rob: I know this Q is not asking for image critique and although I like the image I think ...