Pro Tip:

5 Powerful & Easy Compositions

The first and simplest one of all, although it always works:

1. The rule of thirds

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Compositions rule of thirds Morocco

The rule of thirds is one of the first rules of composition that is taught in photography and its strength lies in its simplicity.

2. Guiding Lines

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Compositions guiding lines

Guiding lines are easy to use because there are often architectural or natural elements around us that form these lines. Using them in your composition allows you to guide the observer towards the main subject of the photo giving it strength and adding complexity and elegance to the overall frame.

3. Frame within a frame

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compositions frame within a frame

The frame within the frame is a powerful visual tool; it allows you to include different layers of information to the photo and also reinforces the main subject. It is a resource that can be found in almost all urban situations, and, can be achieved using a variety of different elements: doors, windows, mirrors and even light reflections and shadows.

4. Filling the frame

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Compositions filling the frame

Use a wide-angle lens and get closer to the scene to fill the frame. This is useful when you want the observer to feel like he/she is part of the action and your photos will gain a lot of power.

5. Symmetries

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compositions symmetries, morocco

Symmetries are very pleasing to the eye and as they are not often used they will immediately attract the attention of the observer, but, they can also lack dynamism. To add a bit of drama you can use two compositional tricks at the same time, such as in the case above where I am also using the frame within a frame.

Next time you’re out shooting take your time composing and try including one of these easy tricks. Oh, and if you are feeling up to the task, why not combine 2, or even 3 of these tricks together.

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