Chuck Gardner's Photography Class
Part One - Guidelines for Good Composition
by Chuck Gardner
Following these six guidelines will help improve the visual impact of your photographs:

1) Have only one center of interest in the photo:

Really effective photographs immediately draw the eye to the center of interest. If you have two centers of interest they fight for the viewer's attention, detracting from the visual impact. If you are photographing your wife in front of a boat decide whether it is a portrait of your wife, or a picture of the boat.

If the center of interest is your wife, get up close and fill the frame with her smiling face.

But if you want to take a good photo of the boat and evoke the feeling of the beach, make the boat the center of interest.

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