One of the beautiful things about photography is the scope it offers for creative freedom and emotional expression. So it may seem slightly constrictive to talk about following a set of rules for photographic composition. However, knowing some simple photography composition principles can help you get the best out of your subject matter, and bring scenes to life the way you truly want them to be seen.
Once you learn the basics of composing and arranging shots, you'll start applying them without thinking and can find your own style – and perhaps even break the 'rules' from time to time.
Here, we'll explain 10 photography composition techniques, discussing how each helps you balance the way elements are arranged in your images and enabling you to lead your viewer's eye around the frame.