Fifteen Remarks on Composition

Having a solid knowledge of composition is one of the most important aspects of creating strong photographs. In his own unique and masterful way, Alain Briot shares some valuable advice on composition

In landscape photography, composition takes place in the field. It is the first step we take towards the creation of the image, and comes before exposure and of course before processing and optimization.

Composition consists of making the decisions that will lead to how the elements in the image are organized. In a way, composition is unforgiving, because once the photograph has been captured its composition cannot be changed.

The goal of this essay is to acknowledge the importance of composition by presenting fifteen remarks that cover what I consider to be the most important aspects of fine art photographic composition.

1. Composition is the strongest way of seeing. This is Edward Weston’s definition of composition, and is still my favorite characterization.

2. Composition is not just about the …

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on and as eBooks on his website.

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