8 Photography Composition Techniques to Improve Your Travel Photos

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The sights we see when we travel can stay in our minds for a lifetime. It only makes sense, then, that you would want to capture photos to relay how amazing these sights are. Let’s go over some tips for photography composition to help improve your travel photos and make sure that they do your travels justice!

Rule of Thirds

This is one of the biggest rules for photo composition, and it’s a great go-to technique. The idea is to break down the frame into nine equal rectangles – three in each direction – and place your subject at one of the four intersections.

This can help add interest and lead the eye across the frame. Many digital cameras (and even some smartphones) now have a button that will bring up this grid for you to make setting up the composition easier!

Symmetry

Playing with symmetry is another great option. The trick to using symmetry without the photo feeling stagnant is to place the axis of symmetry (or the subject itself) centred in one direction, but not both.

For example, if you use a reflection to create your axis of symmetry, placing it off centre gives the eye a bit of direction by shifting the visual weight. In the photo above, it’s a vertical axis of symmetry, but the pews at the bottom and the light fixture at the top keep your eye moving.

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