Here are 10 tips to help you improve the composition in your photos. Whenever you’re stuck figuring out how to compose a photo, you can use any one of these tips to get you started.

How to Improve Your Photos

Rule of odds

In simple terms, the “rule of odds” is to have an odd number of objects in your photos. It could be a photo of just one object or a group shot of three people. This technique makes the photo more appealing and interesting to the human eye.

4 strawberries

This photo of four strawberries is quite bland and boring. It is difficult to find the center of focus in this image.

3 strawberries

A similar image but with just three strawberries. Although just the image is similar to the previous photo, the odd number of strawberries make it significantly more interesting.


Limiting focus

Limiting the focus is an easy way to add focus. It may not be necessary in all photos but is useful whenever you have distracting objects that you want to hide. The most common use of this technique is to blur distracting backgrounds. Blurring the background turns any distracting backgrounds into a pleasing one. You can minimize the depth of field in your photos by using a large aperture (ex. F1.8), zooming in, and using a camera with a larger sensor (ex. full frame DSLR).

Couple with a blurred background

If the trees in the background were in focus, it would have distracted the subjects of this photo. By blurring out the background, the focus is emphasized on the couple.

Portrait with blurred background

Blurring out the background helps draw the attention to this persons eyes.


Simplification

The best way to improve the center of focus is to create simple looking image. The easiest way to do this is to limit the amount of objects in your photo. You can also use the previous tip to blur out distracting details.

A story told with a simple image

The simplicity of this photo makes the story clear. A simple photo gets attention and makes people look at it longer.


Centering

Centering an object gives the photo balance. Centering works best on simple photos with few objects.

A driller in the center of the photograph

You can improve the emphasis on the subject by keeping the spacing around the subject clean.

Ethernet cable in the center

A boring object made interesting by keeping it simple and centered.

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28 responses to “10 Important Tips to Improve Composition in Your Photos”

  1. mukulmamun Avatar
    mukulmamun

    Thanks for tutorial, it is very useful for beginners like us.

  2. Marcus roberts Avatar
    Marcus roberts

    I love reading camera articles

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    Anonymous

    I really like this

  4. Mina Avatar
    Mina

    Thank you very much ;-)

  5. Ann Avatar
    Ann

    Great tips. The images with each tip are excellent.

  6. Ann Avatar
    Ann

    Great tips. The photographic examples with each tip are excellent.

  7. sunil Avatar
    sunil

    Nice,nice,nice……10 nice

  8. Nick Avatar
    Nick

    Making sure there is a foreground and trying to find a natural frame for some of the compositions will add so much to my pictures!

  9. ana sousa Avatar
    ana sousa

    Hi, thanks for your tips. some of the tips i had hear the difficulty is to think in all when you are shooting…

  10. James Bisset Avatar
    James Bisset

    Great tips, not just for the novice :-)

  11. Raf Avatar
    Raf

    Nice tips… quite obvious ones but sometimes you just forget them.

  12. Johanna A Avatar
    Johanna A

    brilliant tips.. thanks for that!!!

  13. Mark Avatar
    Mark

    thank you for the tips

  14. Ania Avatar
    Ania

    Practical and useful

  15. petra Avatar
    petra

    Excellent explained how do cropping. I love it.

  16. QUESTION Avatar
    QUESTION

    is the guy in the photo #5 dead ? my friend wants to know

    1. QUESTION Avatar
      QUESTION

      is the guy in the photo #5 dead ? my friend wants to know

  17. nourosh Avatar
    nourosh

    super tips thanx

  18. chandran Avatar
    chandran

    nice tips to follow.GREAT!hope to receive more.

  19. Deepali Avatar
    Deepali

    beautiful tips amazing

  20. chandran Avatar
    chandran

    Your information cum instruction is really a guideline for a good photographer

  21. TADE14@000HONTM=08 Avatar
    TADE14@000HONTM=08

    Hello,
    That was a whole lot of great information. It was very useful for me in my Photography project. Thank You!
    Hope there are a new set of info. coming soon… :) :P ;)

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    adfayfas

    whoop whoop

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    adfayfas

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  25. Jeff Adams Avatar
    Jeff Adams

    The picture with the “Taj Mahal” is a replica of the real one.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal_Bangladesh

  26. Rokzzzz m/ Avatar
    Rokzzzz m/

    Nice tips……made me learn new things..:)
    hoping for more…:)

  27. Wilson Elias Avatar
    Wilson Elias

    love the tips just learned 10 new things

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