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Composition Explained: Techniques for Photography Beginners

The right composition can draw a viewer into your photo. This image of a slot canyon in Utah has a powerful central composition which attracts a lot of visual attention.

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 400, 1/6, f/13.0

Composition is critical. If you want to take powerful photos, it’s one of the most important parts of photography. Still, a lot of photographers start out only hearing about the rule of thirds, and they never go more in-depth on how to compose better photos. The good news is that you can learn more about composition – and you should. It’s a deep topic, and there’s no way to cover everything in just one article, but I’ll do my best to hit the biggest points below, in this chapter of our Photography Basics guide.