15 Unique Photography Composition Techniques You May Not Know

Hey guys. In this blog post, I’m gonna share with you 15 unique photography composition techniques that you may not have heard about. No it’s not the same old rule of thirds and leading lines. It’s time to up the photography composition game!

I came to know about these techniques at an awesome photography session by the renowned photographer, Girish Mistry, of Shari Academy. Sir, if you ever come across this post, I wanna thank you for sharing your knowledge with me that day.

I have tried to explain these techniques to you via my landscape photos. But you can use them with any genre of photography. You just need to adapt them as per your genre or style.

If you are too bored to read ahead, I’ve made a video about these 15 unique composition techniques. You may check it out down here

Anyway the 15 amazing and unique photography composition techniques are as follows:

1. STEELYARD COMPOSITION

large mass balanced by a smaller mass that is placed closer to the opposite edge of the picture. It’s kinda like the rule of thirds, with a secondary object of lesser importance in the frame too.

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2. ‘L’ COMPOSITION

Let’s frame our pictures using different letters like here we have the letter ‘L’ ie a large mass on one side of the picture balanced by an expanse of sky or distance on the other side.

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3. THREE SPOT COMPOSITION

A picture containing 3 or more points of attraction which are pleasingly balanced. eg. Here we have 3 trees places together which makes the scene look balanced.

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4. SILHOUETTE COMPOSITION

Masses or areas of darks against a lighter background or masses of lights against a darker background. The best time for silhouettes is the sunset or sunrise.

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5. ‘C’ COMPOSITION

Another alphabet I could find in this waterfall is a huge ‘C’. Something I find very common in nature.

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6. ‘S’ COMPOSITION

Or an ‘S’… The water flowing in this waterfall forms a gentle compound curve resembling the letter ‘S’.

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7. GROUPED MASS COMPOSITION

When you have several masses of varying form, value, or colour grouped together in one image, we get Grouped Mass Composition. Since the people in my image are dressed in similar attire, it adds more context to it.

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8. TUNNEL COMPOSITION

A view through a doorway, series of arches, or heavily wooded area resembling a tunnel. It is not compulsory to click all your images in symmetry. Also in the image below, if I would have clicked that image in symmetry, it would have been very risky as I would have to stand right in the middle of the road. So it’s best to go for a Tunnel Composition in such a scenario.

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9. PATTERN COMPOSITION

A decorative arrangement of the light and dark areas forming a pleasing overall design, often without a special center of interest. Here my hills, sky, and flowers in the foreground represent different patterns.

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10. ‘U’ COMPOSITION

Another alphabet very common in nature is ‘U’. A picture with large vertical masses on each side connected by a strong horizontal line.

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11. CROSS COMPOSITION

A picture in which a major vertical mass or line crosses a major horizontal line. Here, the man is my vertical mass and the railing is my horizontal line.

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12. RADIATING LINE COMPOSITION

A pattern of radiating or converging lines leading to the center of interest or some main focal point. Here so many lines lead to the man clicking his selfie.

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13. BALANCE SCALE COMPOSITION

A more formal arrangement with the main center of interest in the middle and equal masses of lesser importance on each side. Here my main center of interest is the middle frame and the adjacent frames balance it out.

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14. ‘O’ COMPOSITION

A circular design created by selective placement of masses, edges, and lines, causing the eye to dwell within the central area. I was lucky enough to find a small pond to give me my ‘O’ Composition.

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15. GOLDEN MEAN COMPOSITION

Quite similar to the rule of thirds, Golden Mean Composition has the main subject placed at the most pleasing point of interest in the image. Here I have my subject right when the hill’s diagonal line meets the ground’s horizontal line.

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I hope you find these 15 photography composition techniques to be useful. They have been very useful to me and helps me make my images stand out. Do let me know if you wanna try out any of them. Thank you :1

Also Read – 50 Tips for Landscape Photography

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