Popular, and useful composition methods to add visual interest in your photos.


Rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a good way of making an otherwise boring composition more interesting. When shooting your subject simply divide your photo in your head into three sections, like with tic tac toe. Place the subject onto one of the lines instead of directly into the center. You can do this in a portrait vertical or horizontal photo.


Rule of odds

It is said that an odd number of elements in a frame is more visually appealing for the eye than an even number. A group of three is said to create harmony and balance. For example, if you are going to place more than one person in a photograph, don’t use two, use 3 or 5 or 7, etc.


Color Theory

When preparing for shoot keep in mind the colors you’re using. Some colors work really well together, some don’t. Learning color theory will help you troubleshoot your scene.


Camera Angle

Not to be underestimated, the angle you choose will make the difference between an okay photo and a successful photo. For example if you are shooting a subject that has layers,  shooting straight on or at a slight angle will allow the viewer to see those layers. A flat lay will hide the layers. 


Negative Space

Negative space is the empty area that surrounds the components in an image. Leaving a large amount of space adds lightness, the space opens up your photo, and makes it feel more spacious, as though your giving the subject room to breathe.


WtF? Framing

Sometimes the hero needs to be the center of attention! By getting really close to your subject, you get rid of all the distractions, and there is no doubt as to what is important in the frame. Sometimes, it is better to place objects slightly out of frame.

Joanie Simon, The Bite Shot

Who these days hasn't heard of Joanie? If you haven't you're in for a treat! She's a natural teacher, and will help you to take more visually interesting images! Here I've gathered a few for you that are related to composition.

Anja Burgar from Use Your Noodles

Use Your Noodles is my newest Food Photography crush. I love her work and find her videos, and blog posts so helpful. I've gathered a few of my favorites to share with you.

Lauren Caris Short

Lauren (aka That's Sage) has videos that range from editing, capturing motion and much more. Below I've gathered her composition strengthening videos for you to dig into!