Learn Photography // Composition Nudges


I was flipping through my photos from the IPS trip to London and Paris earlier this year and noticed this pair:


Composition Techniques         Composition Techniques

While they are nearly identical, the one on the right is a cleaner and stronger image. The difference while shooting was almost nothing… a very slight change in angle, that yields a superior result.

Great composition is all about the little details. No major elements changed between these two images, just a subtle shift of angle. As a photographer, you have to pay attention to details and angles as you look through your lens. Usually distractions like this are really easy to fix, if you’re paying attention.

Now, look back at the image on the left. It’s not a bad picture, and I dare say, some of my readers my like it better. Note the position of the very tip of the dome… I positioned it very precisely in a opening in the wrought iron ornamentation. If that tip disappears behind the bars, the dome rises to a hidden peak, leaving the viewer unsatisfied. Once again, very subtle changes in angle and view point make all the difference in the world.

Leave me a comment and let me know which image you like best and why!



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4 Responses to “Learn Photography // Composition Nudges”

  1. John H August 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    To me, the left image feels squished and crowded. The building almost feels compressed. Needless to say, the right image is my pick. It strikes me as clean and appealing.

    I appreciate your point about showing the building’s tip. I’ll be recalling that tip in the future! Thanks.

    John H

  2. Janna L August 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    I like the one on the left actually. It makes me feel that I am right there in the picture and should grab my camera to start shooting. The one one the right is awesome.. but I felt separated from the building, as if being there was unattainable.

  3. Julia H. August 5, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    I agree with you that the image on the right is a much cleaner shot, and is my choice as a favorite as well!

    You get the majestic feel of great architecture in the right photo, which is lacking in the left photograph.

  4. PaulG August 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Nice, R! I like both for different reasons. The one on the right uses the wrought iron ornamentation to frame and centralize the attention on the dome, while the one on the left draws it out as a complementary subject that tells a little different/broader story.

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