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Rules and Principles of Composition

The Guide to Taking the Essential Photograph

Photography is more art than science, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t rules! This eBook will teach you the basic ideas and techniques that every aspiring photographer needs to create great photo art.

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What makes a photograph beautiful? How are some photographers able to transform ordinary scenes into extraordinary works of art? It's simple, they have a great understanding of the principles of composition:

  • The golden ratio
  • The rule of thirds
  • Balance
  • Lines and curves
  • Negative space
  • And lots more!

This eBook will introduce you to the basics of visual composition. It's a beginner-friendly guide to thinking like a photographer. You'll find:

Clear explanations of key concepts

Inspiring example photos and helpful tips

Embedded videos for an engaging multimedia experience

Table of Contents


Part One: The Rule of Thirds
The Golden Ratio
The Rule of Thirds
Video Summary: Part one in Conclusion

Part Two: Lines
Vertical Lines
Horizontal Lines
Diagonal Lines
Converging Lines
Curved Lines

Part Three: Negative Space
Introduction to Negative Space
Video: Using Depth of Field

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