Getting beautiful compositions for your shots takes time and practice, but is absolutely achievable for every type of photographer

Beginner

You can have the best camera in the world, but if your image composition is lacking then it’s not going to make any difference to the visual appeal of your shot. Mastering composition in photography takes time, but it’s absolutely doable for any type of photographer and skill level.


These 5 guides cover the basics of image composition through to the more advanced and conceptual techniques. Apply these, and along with plenty of practice, you’ll find your compositions getting stronger over time.

1 5 beginner tips for image composition

If you’re looking for somewhere to start with the concept of image composition and the basics - this is the guide for you. Here are 5 simple composition techniques that, with a little practice, won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and will improve your confidence with the camera.


2 The 7 formal elements of photography

There are several design elements, known as formal elements, that all photographers should be aware of when thinking about their image compositions. Formal elements form the basis of many images, and so a thorough understanding of these will help you make informed decisions when it comes to composing your frame.

3 How to use leading lines in your compositions

A simple compositional element known as 'leading lines', when applied, can have a significant impact on the overall visual appeal of your image and fits a wide range of photographic genres.

4 How to take minimalist photographs

While minimalism in photography stands as an aesthetic on its own, mastering the concept of isolation and negative space will help you when it comes to any type of image composition or genre.

5 10 expert techniques to improve composition

Once you’ve got to grips with the fundamentals of image composition, it doesn’t stop there - there are many more advanced image composition techniques that you can apply to your shots too.

Bonus: How to crop your photos like a pro

It’s always best to get your composition right ‘in-camera’ as much as possible, but there will always be occasions where you'll need to crop your images. These tips will help you with best practices for cropping with composition in mind.