How centered compositions can improve your photography

Nov 28, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

How centered compositions can improve your photography

Nov 28, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The Rule of Thirds is the first composition rule most of us have learned when we started doing photography. There are times when it works, of course – but sometimes, centering your subject is a much better choice, yet many photographers tend to avoid it. In this video, Haze Kware of Hk Visuals discusses when centering your subjects is a better option and how it can improve your photography.

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1. Works great with wide-angle lenses

When you photograph people with wide-angle lenses, there will be some distortion and your subjects may look weird if you place them near the edges of the frame. The impact of distortion is minimal when you center the subject.

In addition, as Haze puts it, this can give an “epic” feel to your environmental portraits shot with a wide-angle lens.

2. Playing with symmetry

If you shoot in a symmetrical environment, centering your subject will add to the symmetry. This creates the feeling of balance and it can work great for some shots. My first thought when someone mentions symmetrical shots is Wes Anderson, and as I watched the video, I realized that Haze likes his work, too. So, if you need examples for symmetrical compositions that work perfectly, check out some of his work.

3. Increasing the feeling of isolation

Centering your subject can increase the feeling of isolation. If you have leading lines in your shot that would guide the viewer’s eye to your subject, this will additionally contribute to a striking image.

4. Works great when using frames

Centering your subject also works great when you use frames, or a frame within a frame in your shots.

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There are plenty of choices when it comes to composing your photos, and the final choice is always up to you. It’s important to know the rules, but don’t just apply them randomly. Be aware of the environment, the subject and the story you want to tell. Make conscious decisions and think about how the composition will contribute to the story. And these were only some examples that will help you opt for centered compositions and make the best out of your shots.

[How to use centered composition in your photography via FStoppers]

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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2 responses to “How centered compositions can improve your photography”

  1. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Ever notice where most people are located in a selfie? Brings a whole new meaning to “self centered” doesn’t it.

  2. spoton photographers Avatar
    spoton photographers

    Very good blog, love your clear and gentle tone, and your beautiful images are very
    persuasive.