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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 can I ensure that a lens is pointing absolutely vertically downwards?

My uncle makes models of all sorts of things. To help him, he uses his camera(s) as scanners by photographing his various bits, and then performing further CAD on the resultant images. These models ...
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Most influential scientific research on visual composition?

There are countless articles and videos on visual composition. They give you “rules” with little justification or rationale. They tell you the rules are meant to be broken. I get that there is an ...
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disappearing off to infinity

I want to take a picture showing something disappearing off to infinity, representing that by the subject getting blurry as it recedes. I thought a tall power pole was a good subject, but the best I ...
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How can I improve the crop on this photo?

I have this photo of a vine that I've finally level-adjusted to a point where I'm mostly satisfied, but the crop is giving me trouble. I used the Rule of Thirds to set my crop area, and it seems about ...
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Golden Ratio, Fibonacci Spiral, and other crop guides for Lightroom?

When cropping in Lightroom it will helpfully overlay the image lines marking thirds, which makes it easy to crop using the Rule of Thirds. Is there any plug-in/add-on or other means to instead overlay ...
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What to look out for when shooting in direct sunlight, causing hard shadows and shiny patches on water?

I am aware that this question might be labelled as off-topic, but the issue bothers for some days now, and I figured my best bet to get an answer is here on this site. Whenever I look at pictures I ...
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Underwater: Edit and Join separated layers smoothly

As I really enjoy underwater photography, I am wondering how does one end up with a final image like the one I share below: Unedited on the left, desired effect on the right: Source: https://www....
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Do smartglasses where you can see the image being taken exist?

I was wondering if there were any smart glasses, or an eyepiece where you could receive the image, in real time, that is being composed on your viewfinder or live View? I often use awkward angles and ...
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Bad photos (no focus). What are these photos called?

I'm creating an open Neural Network that could identify if the photo is blurred. This way I need to find many photos of objects at close range, and the focus should be upset. The same as you can see ...
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How does one evaluate what makes a 'good' photo?

OK, so that's a very broad title & is going to be to some extent 'opinion-based' but bear with me. I don't often do 'city' shots, so when I do I have less experience & less guidance as to ...
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How can a subject stay in focus if the shot is recomposed afterwards?

I have a doubt about a procedure that I see many photographers continuously apply and they taught me. I see that, when they want to take a picture with their reflex, they do this sequence of steps: 1)...
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Is it moral to remove/hide certain parts of a photo, as a photographer?

This question came to my mind when I asked this question. Kindly have a look on it and the accepted answer there. You'll see: Photo is cropped A white vertical bar thing is hidden A pipe nearby ...
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How to crop this photo of water drops on a leaf to improve the composition?

I'm not a professional photographer. Neither I want to pursue a career in same. But I like Photography as a hobby. But I don't know how should I crop, what area should be excluded, how to make ...
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How do I make my photos have more impact?

I'm a new photographer and so I decided to start out with a relatively cheap, easy to use DSLR: the canon rebel t6 (EOS 1300D). With the camera, I also have the standard 18-55 and 75-300 mm lenses; ...
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Why does recorded footage and photos get framed wider when you use Live View in the Canon 1300D?

I have been reading the review of the Canon EOS 1300D by The Digital Picture and I came across this As with the T5, the T6 image details in the color block comparisons are very slightly smaller ...
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How to make photos of fruit more interesting? [closed]

What are some ideas to make fruit photos more interesting? camera techniques I could play with? subject matter to include? ect.... Not sure if my tags are correct.
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How to compose photo with un-posed groups with four or more people?

This question (How to shoot nice shots in indoor nightclub?) made me think about composing arbitrary groups of people. Usually a few people is manageable, but with more people, I don't know what to do ...
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What is a good workflow for cropping images in the field

Sometimes when I am out taking photos I for some reason or another take a photo with then intention of cropping it later. (Can be lack of a long lens, straitening lines by taking only the top half or ...
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How do I use a 4×4 viewfinder grid for composition?

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 postprocessing. But then this is ...
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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 can I improve the composition of this photograph of a lake and structures off of its shore? [closed]

I only share photos I take myself.
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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. [![][1]][1] Please look at this pic and guide me on what went wrong. How could I have improved this picture? I ...
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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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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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