A photographer’s introduction to Creative Composition

Everybody has heard about the rules of thirds.  At least, if you are reading this blog post, you should have.  Under the rule of thirds, we should divide a picture in nine equal parts using two horizontal lines and two verticals lines.  That rules says that strong areas for your subject are where the lines intersect.

Using the rule of thirds is the first step in creating better composition.

In his book: Beyond Thirds, Andrew Gibson explains how to create more engaging pictures by improving on the Rule of Thirds.

In this book, Andrew covers:

  • The Golden Section
  • Balance
  • Stability
  • Focal Points
  • The Power of Three
  • Dynamic Image
  • Shapes
  • Aspect Ratios
  • Simplicity
  • Space
  • … and much more.

Using pictures he has taken, Andrew draw on these pictures line and shape that help us understand his concepts about Creative Composition.  As with any book, I recommend to take one concept at a time and work it out.  Doing it this way will anchor these concepts in your creative photography process.

When looking at picture on the web, take the time to explore these to find out which concepts they use.  Why don’t you start now?  The picture in this article, does it leverage some of the concept of Andrew’s book about Creative Composition?

Should you be interested in improving your photography through creative composition I strongly recommend this book by Andrew S Gibson.

This book is available as an eBook for 5$ at Craft and Vision.

Technical Details:

  • Camera Canon EOS Rebel 450D
  • Lens Canon EF-S 60mm F / 2.8 Macro
  • Aperture f / 2.8
  • Shutter speed 1/30 sec.
  • ISO 100

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