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The visual language of photography

Composition is the visual glue that holds your picture together.

By Mason Resnick - February 26, 2009

But technical perfection is just a start. You also need to compose your photo. There are a lot of parts to composition:

  • Color: complementary or clashing?
  • Contrast: will the light and dark areas of the picture work harmoniously together to guide the viewers eye the way you want it to?
  • Placement: Are all the elements in the photos in the right place within the frame?
  • Distractions: Are you focusing on what's important, and eliminating what isn't?

There's much more to composition, and we explore many aspects of it here. If you really, truly want to become a better photographer, spend some time in this part of our site.


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10 Graduation Photography Tips

Photograph your grad's big day in style.

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, May 13, 2014

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Graduations are an important life event for the participants and their families, and a cause for celebration (especially for the parents, if it's a college graduation, since they can now look forward to solvency).

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TAGS: lighting,  portrait,  outdoor lighting,  photography tip,  graduation 

Incorporating Layering Composition Into Your Photography

Considering the way you wish to compose your point of interest within the frame, and the rest of the key elements in your image, is essential to any good photograph. That is why composition is such a significant aspect of photography.

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Tamara Lackey, February 17, 2014

Visually speaking, the most striking photographs contain elements that allow your eye to be led through the image and bounce from one object to the next in a way that’s visually compelling. 

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TAGS: layering composition,  storytelling element,  Rokinon,  Aspherical Lens,  D800 85m 

How to Take Professional-Quality Photos Using your iPhone

Learn how to take professional-quality photos using your iPhone and how to apply the rule of thirds for better composition of your iPhoneography.

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Adorama News Writer, January 7, 2014

Taking pictures with your smartphone camera is natural for the hobbyist photographer, and the iPhone takes users to new levels with one of the best point-and-shoot cameras available on a smart device. 

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Photographing Eyes In Portraits

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Tamara Lackey, December 25, 2013

They say the eyes have it and, although I usually don’t listen to them, in this case I believe they are actually correct.  I pay a great deal of attention to the eyes of my subjects when I am photographing portraits because they have such a significant effect on the overall portrait.

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TAGS: exposure,  composition,  posing,  Tamara Lackey 

FirstStudio Kit for Lighting a Wine Cellar

Photoflex Lighting School Lesson

ArticleLighting and Studio Gear Gear Guides & Reviews - by Adorama News Writer, December 11, 2013

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Getting the right depth and drama in an architectural interior can be tricky. Read this tutorial for tips and tricks to make your photographs better. 

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TAGS: light stands,  lighting,  lighting technique,  Photoflex 

New Tools At Work: Fantastic Food Photography with the Fujifilm XE-1

Fast camera meets fine food

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Scott W. Baker, October 1, 2013

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Can a foodie find photographic ambrosia with a street-savvy MILC? Scott Baker says "yes"!

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TAGS: Fujifilm,  food,  low-light photography,  Fujifilm X-Pro1,  food photography,  Fujifilm X-E1 

The Art of (White) Balance

How to get your truest colors

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Tamara Lackey, September 18, 2013

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White balance is about color, and getting it right. While Average White Balance will work for many situations, you'll get better pictures if you understand how WB works and how you can take control. 

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TAGS: portrait,  color,  color management,  family,  white balance,  color temperature,  custom white balance,  Lifestyle photography,  Tamara Lackey,  Nikon D800,  portrait photography 

12 Books That Will Make You A More Creative Photographer

Back to school special: Time to Hit The Books!

ArticleStudents and Educators Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, August 19, 2013

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If you're a photography student and are learning techniques, these books focus more on helping you to think more creatively as a photographer.

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TAGS: exposure,  composition,  book,  books,  student,  back to school 

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