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Best Books About Composition for Photographers

Whether you are a new photographer learning the basics of composition for the first time, or a more experienced photographer looking to improve your photographic composition there is a book on this list for you. The one thing the books on this list all have in common is that they are focused on how to use the rules of composition to better communicate your own personal vision. I focused on books that go beyond the “what” and focus on the “how” and the “why” which is something many basic books about composition are missing.

While the books below span a wide range of skill and experience levels, if you are new to photography, or just beginning to explore how to use composition to create stronger images, the best place to start is with the enormous library of (free!) articles here at Photography Life! There is at least a book’s worth of information here in these articles, which makes it an amazing way to get started!

  1. 15 Composition Tips to Improve Your Photography 

  2. Ultimate Guide to Composition in Photography

  3. What is Composition in Photography?

  4. Composition Tips for Beginners

“Picture This: How Pictures Work” by Molly Bang