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The Phototuts+ Composition Session focuses exclusively on teaching you everything you need to know about organizing elements in your frame. We’re bringing together a series of tutorials that feature both quick tips and in-depth guides to this fundamental aspect of photography!

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  • Composition
    Master the Art of Photographic CompositionPreview
    One of the first composition rules we learn in photography is the rule-of-thirds. But once you've understood this concept, what else can you do to improve the composition of your photos? It will get you started, but there's more to composition than where you place your subject in the frame. Today we'll be exploring a few more aspects of photographic composition, to ensure you're completely clued up on how to take brilliant shots!Read More…
  • Composition
    Composition Masterclass: How to Get Perfect PerspectivePreview
    In this video tutorial on composition, we'll be taking an in-depth look at perspective in your photographs. This will include how we can create or reduce depth in our images, lens choices for perspective, and a few extra tips on photography composition!Read More…
  • Photography Fundamentals
    6 Elements of Design for Striking PhotographsPreview
    What makes a striking photo? Often, it's merely ordinary things composed in an ordinary manner. That's because they always tend to have a single theme or idea, and because clutter is kept to a minimum. They are simple, true, and sincere. Today we're looking at the elements of design (line, shape, form, texture, color etc) that can turn a simple subject into a striking photo.Read More…
  • Composition
    Hints & Tips for Composing a Perfect PhotoPreview
    Composition can simply be defined as how elements are arranged in a photo. You can choose to stand far away or move close up. You decide what type of lens to use. The basic skills of composition can be learned and practiced, and this tutorial is meant to add some tools to your arsenal, because compositional elements are just that, tools. Each one of these sections is a little trick that can apply to different situations. So let's get started!Read More…
  • Theory
    The Theory and Psychology of Framing Your ImagePreview
    Every two weeks, we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in August of 2010. Today, we're taking a look at the theory and psychology behind the size, framing, and visual weight of different elements in your photographic composition. You'd be surprised how much there is to learn about this choice, and the impact your decision can have!Read More…
  • Theory
    A Beginner's Guide to Thoughtful Framing & CroppingPreview
    All of us have a slightly different view of the world. No two people see any given subject exactly the same, at a minutia level. That view is our perspective and it is very important - both in life, and in photography. How something is framed, and the perspective we give the subject of our photography, is highly relevant to the outcome of the photographic process.Read More…
  • Theory
    A 10 Step Guide to Understanding and Utilising PatternPreview
    Patterns surround us in both natural and manmade forms, offering photographers great opportunities for dramatic and eye catching shots. But how do we best utilise pattern in our work? Today we'll be taking a look at several different examples to better understand pattern in photographic composition.Read More…
  • Lighting
    The Art of Using Backgrounds to Create Moody PhotosPreview
    Sometimes when you're taking a photo, you can be concentrating so much on your subject that you forget about the background. I'm sure you've seen the standard advice reiterated in photography magazines and books about avoiding lamp posts or other objects that appear to grow out of the back of someone's head. But have you ever really considered just how important getting a good background is to making great photos?Read More…
  • Theory
    Pulling the Eye: Visual Mass and CompositionPreview
    In a world dominated by Photoshop, it's easy to think that any mistakes you make when you take a photo are easy to fix in post-processing. In reality this isn't true – especially when it comes to composition. There's more to composition than the rule-of-thirds. You could write a book about it and still only dip into the deep well of knowledge acquired by artists and photographers over the centuries. This article is about an aspect of composition that you may not have thought about much before - Visual Mass. What is this? Visual Mass is the principle that certain visual elements attract the eye more than others.Read More…