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Composition: 7 Things To Keep In Mind When Photographing On The Go

What exactly does "Composition" mean when it comes to photography? Well, let's start with the most obvious:




1. the nature of something's ingredients or constituents; the way in which a whole or mixture is made up.

2. a work of music, literature, or art.

Using composition for photography will be putting both of those definitions together to compliment the other. There are many things to keep in mind when photographing, no matter what it is. It could be a beautiful sunset, your dog chasing after a stick, your off-road vehicle you've posed along the trail, or even a selfie with your favorite mountain range in the background. While there are many different scenarios for the subject you might be photographing, the ingredients for a great composition tend to be similar for all types. However, sometimes rules are meant to be broken! After reading this, I encourage you to get out with your camera and try a few of these tips to start, then experiment with more once you're comfortable with the first few you tried.

1) Rule of Thirds

If you look through the view finder of your camera, some people might see lines like the ones shown in the photo above. When taking a landscape photo, most people naturally want to put the horizon in the center of the photo. This may work in some situations, however, landscape photos are usually either focusing mainly on the sky or the ground. If you're focusing on the ground, line the horizon up with the bottom line in this grid. If your focus is the ground, line up the horizon with the top line. This will create more space in your photo for what you're trying to emphasize on.

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