For still life photography, Verosky suggests that composing in L-shape can be the best choice, as it lets you compose along a horizontal plane. This concept is also in agreement with the rule of thirds.
“You start with your taller object on one of the vertical grid lines in one side of the image. And then you build up the rest of the supporting objects along the base.”
OTHER COMPOSITION AND DESIGN ELEMENTS
Besides these rules and guides, there are other factors you need to consider when setting up your composition. You need to have a holistic view of the tone and contrast, pattern and rhythm, color, and texture, among other factors. Pay attention to how the elements complement each other and work together.
Again, don’t be awestruck with all these rules. Take them as guidelines and use them as supports to improve your learning. There is no need to always stick by the rules. Try out your own style and use these rules as a reference.