8 Easy Tips to Master Composition You Need To Know

Composition – is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art. How do I master composition?

In this short video, I give you 8 tips to master composition. That is what people tell me they struggle with the most, and understandably so. Composition can be extremely difficult to understand and or achieve. It is a way to tell a story, to express your feeling and what you are seeing. 

There truly is not a way to tell you how to compose your photos. That will come with time and experience. However, with this tips to master composition, you will be able to start understanding it a bit better and taking better photos. 

Think about these tips while you are out there taking photos. They make a big difference in the way you look at things and the way you see through your camera.  I can assure you that by following this tips your photography game will benefit greatly.

1.  Use leading lines to invite the viewer into the image. 

2.  Add a splash of color to your image. 

3. Change your perspective. (drones are great for this) 

4. Find interesting people to photograph. 

5. Use foreground elements to tell a compelling story. 

6. Use a zoom lens to compress your image. (bring the background closer to the viewer)

7.  Go shoot during bad weather. Crazy weather makes dramatic photos. 

8. Break all the rules. In the photography game there are NO rules.  

Have fun out there and remember to enjoy the scenery. Watch the video below to see examples of these 8 tips to master composition. 

The Gear

 Mavic Air is my favorite drone. Easy to pack for traveling and great for photos and video. The gear I use for all my photos: Nikon D800 with a Nikon 14-24mm a Nikon 24-85mm a Nikon 70-200.  A MeFOTO tripod is a must. I edit all my images with my Lightroom Presets download them and give them a try.

8 Tips TO Master Composition girl in dress by a shipwreck

Tips to Master Composition

Check out my 10 landscape photography tips. If you have any others to add please leave them in the comments below. 

How to frame photos

In this video I walk you through how I frame pictures and what I think about during my time out on the field. This applies to any kind of photography. On this particular video I focus on Street Photography.

Finding the right composition

Finding the right composition

I go out every day with a great attitude, but sometimes mother earth does not want to cooperate, and that is ok. Thats one of the things I love about landscape photography, you can’t control the light or the elements and you really never know what you are going to get.

This particular mooring was extremely dull, there were no clouds and nothing really to get your attention. This is the part where you really have to think and really have to get creative. I sat there and thought about how I could create a good composition, so I observed the elements and what was in front of me, shortly I realized that I could get the earths energy with the sun and showdown, a touch of life with the birds, and a peaceful feeling by not having any clouds. Once I figured this out I walked away with a great photo.

Photography really is this deep and complex, its not just showing up and snapping a shot, even though sometimes we wish it was.

Camera Settings:
1/100 F22 ISO 100 14-24mm lens