How to enhance the visual attraction of works through composition

Composition refers to a basic means of arranging key elements or subjects in photos. A mature photographer can enhance the visual appeal of his work through composition and successfully attract the attention of the audience.

In mobile photography, some basic composition skills are always ignored because of the convenience of the equipment. In this article, you will find 9 mobile phones that you may know but don’t care aboutPhotographic compositionI hope this tutorial can help you.

First of all, in photography, you should always keep thinking about these questions: how to attract attention with a theme? How to catch the audience’s attention at the first time? How can we reduce the distracting elements of the picture?

Aris Sfakianakis

1. Confirm the focus and theme

A piece of work must basically contain a theme or interesting focus. Only with the subject can this work be meaningful and attract the attention of the audience for a long time. Otherwise, it is an ordinary picture and cannot be a photographic work.

When taking photos, always remember “what is the theme of this picture” or “what is interesting about this scene”.

Hetty Stellingwerf

In this picture, sheep are the focus of the picture. This sheep provides a focal point for viewing. Without them, this is a general landscape picture without highlights.

As long as the theme of the work is determined, you can focus on the composition of the work. Mobile photography is not just about pressing the shutter, as long as the screen elements are reasonably arranged, you can also get a good work.

2. Three part method

The three-way method is the most common composition method, which means that the picture is divided into three parts horizontally, and the main body shape can be placed in the center of each part. Turn on the camera grid line, and these areas are most easily attracted at the four points where two horizontal lines intersect with vertical lines. If the main body is placed at the intersection point, the whole picture will appear more balanced and beautiful, and the photos will also appear compact and powerful. This is the most basic three-way composition rule.

Rod Long

3. Diagonal balance

The use of the three-way method may also cause too many blank areas of the screen, so that the center of gravity is unbalanced. To avoid this kind of balance, you can balance the center of gravity of the picture by adding an element, and fill in the blank area at the same time. At this time, the diagonal principle can help balance multiple themes in the work. Focusing principle refers to placing the most important part of the image along the diagonal.

Calum Lewis

If all the important elements of the image are in the same area, the center of the whole looks unbalanced. When taking a picture, imagine the diagonal line of the picture, draw it from a corner to the diagonal line of focus, and put the subject you want to take on this line.

4. Shoot from a low angle

Compared with taking photos from a head up perspective, you can find that taking photos from a low angle will open the door to a new world of photography. This technique can help simplify composition and provide a unique perspective that most people usually do not see.

Lisa Pellegrini

For example, when shooting these flowers in the garden, it is a better choice to shoot from a low angle than from a flat angle.

5. Increase prospects

The foreground can make the image more in-depth, help to guide the photo from front to back, and add a sense of hierarchy to the whole picture.

Sarah Crutchfield

For example, in this work, the boat is used as the foreground, leading to the arch bridge in front, indicating the direction of the boat’s movement, which makes the work more interesting.

6. Use guide line

Adding lines to your work is a good way to guide your vision. We once used an article to explain the composition of the guide line. Learn to make good use of the guide line, and your mobile phone works can also become bigger.

Ian Froome

7. Fill the screen with the main body

If the subject does not have enough clarity and attraction in the environment, the simplest composition method is to fill the whole picture with the subject element, eliminate the complicated background, ensure that the subject gets full attention, and allow the theme element to have more details. This composition method is often used when shooting unique and abstract images, which can create a sense of mystery.

Annie Spratt

For example, in this photo, leaves account for 90% of the picture, and the details of veins are clearly visible, which adds a sense of abstraction to the overall work.

8. Leave movement space when shooting the moving subject

If you are shooting moving objects, such as people walking or cycling, the viewer’s line of sight will follow the direction of motion of these moving objects. Therefore, in the process of shooting, the best way is to leave enough space in the frame. If there is not enough space, the picture will often cause imbalance and insecurity.

Tatiana Diakova

This principle applies to portraits at the same time. Of course, your eyes tend to follow people’s line of sight, leaving more space in their line of sight, which is also a means of arousing reverie.

9. Break these rules

Ivana Cajina

Photography is an art. There are no rules about what to do and what not to do. The above techniques and tutorials only guide one direction and can be used in most photography, but these techniques are not the reason to limit your creativity.

If these composition methods are not suitable for the scene you want to shoot, then ignore them and try and experiment! For example, the trisection method is not applicable to square composition. If the subject is placed in the center or edge position, the effect of the picture may be completely different.

Of course, to break these rules, you need to be familiar with them first. Therefore, study these practical composition skills and use them in actual shooting until you are proficient and flexible. Then you can start to violate the rules, and you may be surprised!

Ryoji Iwata