Photographic Composition: Using the Corners of the Frame

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Photographic Composition: Using the Corners of the Frame

By |2018-08-02T06:27:25+00:00February 11th, 2015|Categories: Photography|Tags: |0 Comments

When photographing an image with some type of line, path, or object that will go out of my frame, my very first instinct is to find a way to push it towards one of the corners. This also works well for items that are coming into the frame, too. Compositionally speaking, this type of framing is very pleasing. It can prevent a road, stairway, or limb from the appearance of being chopped off or awkwardly positioned in the photograph. It can help bring balance to the image as a whole.

Keep in mind that to do this, you may need to tilt your camera. Don’t be afraid! Not all images need to be straight up-and-down.

Here are a few more examples of using the corners of the frame to balance the composition of a photograph:

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,

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