how to compose a photo | Boulder Photography Workshop

Photography Newsletter

September 25, 2014

Composition is one of the key elements in a photograph. Follow these photography tips and learn how to compose a photo properly.

  • Eyes should be above the mid-point of the frame or head will look enlarged, especially true if subject is looking straight on or down
  • Top of head can be cropped, but ears should not be
  • If you are above your subject and she is looking up, make sure irises are still centered and not rolled up too much (to resolve, drop down about 6″ – 1 ft.)
  • If photographing straight on horizontal, head should be towards right half of photo since eyes read left to right (see photography examples below)
  • If subject is looking camera right horizontal, then leave subject camera left… empty space should be where subject is looking (see examples below)
  • For mid-length portraits try to include hands 


I’m hoping you find these photography tips on how to compose a photo were helpful! Give them a try and don’t forget to have fun with it. Share your images with us by hashtagging #JenniMaroneyPhotoTips on Facebook and Instagram and we’ll do our best to give you some feedback. Don’t be shy, everyone has to start somewhere.

Have a wonderful week with your family and your camera!

xo, Jenni

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