How to Dramatically Improve Your Photo’s Composition

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2. Use contrast.

Contrast can heighten the ‘complexity’ of your photos without ruining their simple beauty. One common form of contrast is light vs. shadow, but you can also find contrast in size, color, shape and sharpness. Contrasting shapes and colors, in particular, can create tension or drama, making the viewer want to see more.

3. Balance the elements.

Balance is key to achieving striking pictures. If you strive for balance in color, contrast, and lighting, as well as in the arrangement of subjects, the photo will often look well-composed. Balance doesn’t mean having a boring picture, but rather a picture with the right amount of tension. An unbalanced picture breaks this tension and distracts the viewer from the subject. Good balance keeps the viewer’s attention on the subject, which is what you want.

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