What is composition? Composition refers to the way a photo is constructed/planned to make the biggest possible impact. Composition rules are ingredients that a photographer may use, but just like a chef wouldn’t use all of the ingredients in his pantry in one meal, a photographer won’t use every composition skill in one photograph.
Rule #1: Rule of Thirds If you divide your picture into a tic-tac- toe board, your subject should not be located in the center square Bushra Ghafoor, R.B. Hayes High School
Limits of composition rules A chef may use high-end ingredients but that doesn’t automatically make the recipe taste great. Just because a photo has great composition doesn’t make it a great journalistic photo. A journalistic photo must also tell a compelling story.
Without a compelling story, a photo will fall flat of its purpose. It may be beautiful, but it must also be impactful. The best stories include individuals and supporting details to give views a complete picture.