Rules of Composition

Sally Anderson led one of the projects for this year’s Project Night about image composition.

Here are some of her tips…

Rules of Composition

  • Simplify the scene
  • Fill the frame
  • Avoid the middle – Rule of Thirds
  • Leading lines and diagonals
  • Space to move into
  • Backgrounds
  • Creative with colours
  • Balancing elements
  • Symmetry and pattern
  • Viewpoint
  • Depth
  • Cropping
  • Texture
  • Depth of field
  • Telling a story
  • Creating conflict
  • Breaking the rules and experiment
The Photographer's Eye

The Photographer’s Eye

Suggested Websites


Two books I found very interesting.

Download these Composition Notes by Sally Anderson as a PDF for printing.