USEFUL COMPOSITION TIPS FOR STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY


Technicalities aside, it’s composition that defines an image. Your viewers probably don’t care what settings or equipment you used, or how you took the image. They are more concerned about what they see, and what they see is composition. In still life photography, composition is even more important. Creating visually interesting photos out of everyday objects can be a challenge

RULE OF THIRDS

This is one of the most popular, easy to understand, and powerful composition guides used in visual art. According to the rule of thirds, you divide the frame into nine equal segments using two vertical and two horizontal lines. The points where the vertical and horizontal lines intersect are considered the focal points. Try placing important elements on these points. You can also align the horizon in your image with one of the horizontal lines on the grid instead of having it dead center.

rule of thirds

This composition guide helps in shifting the balance of your composition to one side and allows the viewers’ eyes to move around your image. If you have a hard time visualizing the rule of thirds grid, see if your camera can overlay it for you.

RULE OF ODDS

This composition technique suggests that an odd number of objects is interesting to look at compared to an even number of objects. Try to avoid making a composition that’s too symmetrical. Play with the visual balance—perhaps imbalance.

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