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Composition Matters

When it comes to taking the most amazing pictures, the one thing that will matter a great deal will be composition. You could set up the camera properly. You could have the perfect exposure for the image. All of the settings could be right, but if you do not compose the frame right, your picture will not be perfect. In every single image that you take, you should consider the composition of the image. This should be second nature to you, and the more you practice, the better you will be.

Composition Outdoors

When you are taking nature photography, you will want to make sure you consider everything in the frame. That includes everything in both the foreground and the background. Anything that could be detracting will ruin the image. For example, if you have something on one side of the frame in the foreground, then you need to make sure there is something on the other side too or the whole picture will look off balance. For example, in a landscape, consider making sure there are trees or tree branches on each side of the image to frame the whole thing.

Composition in the Studio

Composition will matter just as much even if you are taking portraits in a studio. You need to think about everything in the frame. This will include the backdrop you choose to use, the subject and any props that you include. Too much going on will make the image look too busy and the subject will be lost. Too little in the frame and the picture will look sparse.

No matter what you are taking a picture of, the composition of the image should matter a great deal. Always consider all parts of the image and compose it carefully so that every shot you take can be perfect.

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