Simple Composition Rules

5 Simple Composition Rules

Which can change “A photo” to “THE photo”

every week you have seen articles here from one of our instructors about photography or photo editing tips. If you have  questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. You are most welcome to use these tips to take photos or edit pictures, and then send them to us to post on our blog, or to be critiqued by us. Don’t worry, we won’t bite!

Simple Composition Rules that you should remember

Why some photos from the same location are nicer than the others? What can you do to have the possible shot? These 5 Simple Composition Rules can improve your image quality and turn your image from “good” to “AWESOME!”

1-Use Backlight

Backlight can show the texture and details of flowers

When the Light is directional use Backlight to highlight amazing saturated colours, and outline shapes with rim light.


2-Different Metering Modes 

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Your camera has different metering modes. Use the one that matches your subject and light source

To take the most advantage of this directional light, you need to know about the camera’s built in light meter, as well as the different modes that direct it. As a rule of thumb, Spot Metering or Centre Weighted metering works better in bright, directional light.


3-Stabilizing your shots

When the shutter speed is not fast enough, try to stabilize the camera for sharp picture. Here is a sample of Camera shake.

Whenever we do not have enough light to shoot with fast shutter speeds as well as to maintain a deep Depth-Of-Field, use a Monopod or Tripod to stabilize your camera for sharper images and wider Depths-Of-Field.


4-Keep the Balance

Landscape mode
Portrait Mode

These 2 images are shot at the same time and settings, the only change is the orientation of the camera. Take your time and examine both orientations to find which one works better for you. A more balanced image is more eye pleasing.


5-Angle Of View

Lower Angle
Lower Angle Usually makes more impressing effect
Higher Angle
Higher Angle usually flattens the subject.

You can change the perspective of your photos by changing the angle of your camera. Angle Of View (AOV) is the most artistic and impactful part of visual arts. Always try different AOVs.

That is all for this week. Feel free to send us your images for critiques or posting on our blog. Check our Upcoming Classes for amazing workshops.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


Event Venue Date
Omnilargess Beginner Photography Bootcamp Backbone Office
  • June 1, 2024 9:00 am
Mill Lake Photography Workshop Mill Lake Park
  • July 6, 2024 8:30 am
Tofino to Ucluelet Tour Ucluelet
  • October 18, 2024 6:00 pm

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