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Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Laurie Excell

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7. Creative Composition

Basic Guidelines for Improving Your Photographic Composition

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Composition defined is the pleasing arrangement of the elements that make up a photograph within the frame. Many suggested guidelines are available to help you learn the art of good composition, from leading lines, patterns, and shapes to depth, subject placement, and camera angle. Perspective, background, even or odd numbers, and spatial relationships also play a part in effective composition. The art of directing your viewers’ eyes through the frame to your subject in the most direct path is a skill that takes time to master. Knowing the rules, and even more ...

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