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Questions tagged [composition]

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 use this grid?

I decided to use my Nokia N8 for photography with Camera Pro on it because of the tilt, GPS and compass capabilities along with the 5 photo exposure bracketing for the photoshop. But then this is the ...
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How to compose a street story with an ultra wide angle lens?

https://photo.stackexchange.com/a/12707/5205 The wider the lens you use, the closer you probably should be to the nearest thing in your scene. And there should be a nearest thing in your scene! ...
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Are burned out highlights bad?

I have read many answers and articles saying that I should avoid blown out highlights, but is it really a bad thing? Why should I avoid it?
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What can an 11mm lens do what a 50mm can't?

I think that with 50mm I will be forced to shoot at minimum f8 to keep everything visible, and will have to move back to include everything in the scene. Is there anything else that will stop me from ...
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Is composition after capture against any traditional photography rules?

I use my mobile phone for photography. Normally when I notice anything interesting, I take a picture with the point of interest somewhere near the region I want it to be. But I do this with the clear ...
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At what height should should the camera be positioned relative to the eyes for a portrait?

I took pictures of a face and moved the camera up and down in the range of top of the head and half between top and bottom. I did not tilt the camera to point to the eyes. But the eyes looked to the ...
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What devices can help compose picture before taking actual photo?

Recently I started to self-learn photography the hard way, that is, by using film cameras. I wonder if there are some tools that may help me visualize a photography without using film up. In his ...
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Why does this photo's skin tones look, weird?

Like there's an alien color cast on hands, face and hair? The source photo didn't have those artifacts. So, how can I fix this?
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What kind of Compositional Elements are used in this pic?

I found this pic in internet and I really liked it. As having interest in photography, I was wondering what kind of composition rules was used in this pic, for example whether it is a contrast, ...
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How can I make a photo of a sun rise more interesting in post?

I would like to know how I could post process this photo to make the sun rise more interesting. Basically, what I am trying to ask is how to go from a relatively boring photo of a sun rise to ...
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What is the Rule of Equiangular Spiral Grid?

Could anyone explain what an equiangular spiral is? How does that grid affect focus or view of subject?
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How to choose the most appropriate composition?

I've read What and how to crop? & yes, I really do understand the theory - even if it boils down to pick an aspect you like & emphasise it. I don't want this to be a "which one do you like ...
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I know what a bad photo is, so why do I keep taking them?

9 out of 10 photos that I take are boring, and this is immediately apparent when I look at a new batch on my computer screen. Since I'm fully capable of identifying a bad photo, why can't I stop ...
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What strategies can I use when a subject is too close to fit in the frame with a telephoto prime?

One problem with telephoto primes is the fixed field of view which may not match the desired image size. When I use primes with average focal lengths like 50mm it is less of a problem because I can ...
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Capturing and stitching images without distortion/perspective correction given perfect control

I'm working with a virtual scene and camera. Unfortunately, the program locks the render resolution at 1920x1080 with no direct workarounds. This is significantly lower than I'd like. Given the ...
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How to get details from obscuring the composition in digital photography?

I am trying to make photos with a simple and obvious composition with large depth of field on a modern digital camera. The problem I keep running into is that details in the photos obscure the overall ...
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How to let sunrays be a point of interest in a landscape photograph?

I find this photo to be uninteresting because of the lack of a point of interest since I am not able to consider sunrays as point of interest here. I was told by the photographer that he intended to ...
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What colors should be preferred for clothes of a person when the aim is to put the person in the picture just for creating a point of interest?

This is not about portraits. This is about scenes such as landscape where we put a human to create a point of interest. This is about scenes where I have to show the beauty of a garden, and for a ...
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Can an inanimate object be perceived as “Looking out of the frame”?

This photo wouldn't have been a keeper anyway, because the top of the flower isn't as sharp as I'd have liked. However, something really bothers me. It somehow feels like the flower is looking out of ...
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How to compose such that the context does not overpower the subject?

Intention was to shoot a kid from a upper class family playing with bricks and sand in a not so clean area. I have purposely not blurred the background. I think adding context is important in this ...
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How to make an architecture photo stand out?

The thing is that with architecture, what is there is there. We can't put a human to create a story there since then it would be about the human, not about the building. For example — thousands of ...
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What photographic effects can give the feeling of escapism and anxiety?

I need to create a photograph that gives the feeling of escapism and anxiety. What kind of techniques can I use — especially in post-processing — to create this mood.
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How to crop macro plant/flower photographs such that they look somewhat abstract, not “cropped”?

This is the original uncropped: After I cropped it: I was told that the cropped picture "looks cropped". I basically don't want any more "normal" viewpoints for plants and flowers. I cropped it ...
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What makes images popular on photo-sharing sites like 500px?

I would like to know why some images get 3000+ likes on website like 500px. What are the parameters behind those likes? Composition Shot mode (M, A, S, P) etc. I can understand subject and ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

I am new to photography. I want to improve my pics, so I need some input from you all. Please look at this pic and guide me on what went wrong. How could I have improved this picture? I edited this ...
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How to compose flowering plants?

Consider the following image: Now this is a golden opportunity! A cherry tree in full bloom! And it has pink blooms, not those boring white ones. And today it's a bright, sunny day, the sky is a ...
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How do I create a geometric layer selection? [closed]

Imagine this is a regular picture, such as Crash Bendicott sipping a nice wheatgrass smoothie while dressed in chicken drag. I want to create two layers, dissected by a diagonal line that is not ...
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Advice for transitioning from landscape nature photography to portraits

I've been a hobbyist landscape photographer for 15 years. It's something that I love to do, but I'm either too busy or uninspired lately to go out shooting. I'd like to progress my love for ...
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How to avoid changing lenses all the time when shooting with primes?

I recently purchased an entry-level DSLR and a couple of nice prime lenses, mostly for the purpose of taking artistic shots of city streets. The primes are 35mm and 15mm, or about 53mm and 23mm full-...
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Does every interesting photograph have a story to tell?

Should a photograph with an interesting composition necessarily have a story to tell? I have been told that if you can't tell a story behind a photograph, it is not worth pressing the shutter button. ...
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What color combinations indicate that a photo represents the future?

Black and white or sepia-toned photographs can be used to represent the past — or faded color-shifts for prints from the 1970s or 1980s. Which color or color combination can we use for the future?
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How to improve photography in portrait orientation?

Looking over my photos, I have found that the photos I like enough to showcase are all taken in landscape orientation, with few to none taken in portrait orientation. In a way, this is somewhat ...
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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 of ...
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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 ...