Principle of Design – Proportion

Proportion is one of my favorite ways to create interesting compositions. One good way to achieve an image with great use of proportion is to use a wide angle lens. This image from St. George Island in Florida emphasizes the sky by placing only a small amount of the...

Principle of Design – Movement

Movement is all about moving the viewer’s eye throughout the frame, and creating an illusion that your image is moving. Examples of good use of movement are blurred water, diagonal lines, and stopping motion when appropriate. The image below uses both of these...

Principle of Design – Variety

Variety is about varying elements and objects in your image, to avoid making them boring. Variety can also be varying your angles, exposure, composition, etc., to get a few different looks to the same image. This image below has variety because each shell is...

Principles of Design – Unity

Unity is what brings an image together as one piece. A good photograph that is unified is one where everything appears to belong. No elements are added that shouldn’t be there and don’t help with the overall composition. This image below is unified by not...

Principles of Design – Contrast

The principle of contrast is relatively easy to understand. Contrast adds interest to any photograph. Whether it’s local contrast in specific areas, or global contrast across the entire image, it will almost always add pop to your image. HDR images that look...

Principle of Design – Pattern/Rhythm

Pattern and rhythm is an easy principle to understand. They are pretty much self-explanatory. I will show a few creative examples below of how it can be used in your photography. A good example of a pattern and rhythm in an interesting, complex composition. Pattern of...