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7 Quick Landscape Composition Guidelines by Russ Burden
Straight to the point description of basic composition rules.

The Master Guide for Wildlife Photographers: Wildlife Compositions
Excellent chapter from the book by Bill Silliker. Again, Amherst Media allowed us to publish it in our library. Check out really good examples.

Beginner's Guide to Nature Photography: Composition
Nice excerpt from the book by Cub Kahn. Amherst Media kindly allowed to publish it in our library.

Guidelines for Better Photographic Composition
Perfect examples for beginners, and intermetiate photographers. Composition rules: Simplicity, The Rule of Thirds, Lines, Balance, Framing, Avoiding Mergers.

Landscape Composition Rules by Johannes Vloothuis
What?! Article about painting, again? Yes. And I could say a good article! Almost all tips you may apply to photography. Really good examples!

Learning to Photograph the Landscape by Guy Tal
First part of the article about all the desirable elements of a good landscape composition.

Learning to Photograph the Landscape by Guy Tal
Guidelines, Rules and Techniques: rule of thirds, leading lines, point of gravity, simplicity, equipment.

The Magic Of Selective Vision: Photo Composition by Arnold John Kaplan
Description of all the basic elements of the composition: balance, golden mean, lines, curves, colors.

An Eye for Composition by Gary Stanley
Rules, advices and inspirating examples.

Introduction To Photography Composition by Gao Mu
Several examples of composition rules.

Composition and the Elements of Visual Design by Robert Berdan
A lot of information: Lines, Shapes, Color, Texture, Image Balance, Proportion Rules, etc. Perfect examples.

Basic Photographic Techniques (U.S. Navy training manual)
Don't be fooled by old B/W examples in this book. This is a perfect guide to better photography, and it contains really good examples.

Geometry in composition by Petteri Sulonen
Leading line, spatial divider, framing element, diagonal, triangle, arc and s-curve described.

Photo Composition by AGFA
Really good lesson. Take a subject and try to make all the composition variations. Nice examples

Foreground and Lines by Kris Butler
Leading lines and their role in the human physiology.

The Art of Composition by Lee Frost
Good article about common rules and breaking them. Framing, rule of thirds, lines.

Composition (Part I) by Wendy Folse
Theme, Emphasis, Simplicity, and Rule of Thirds described.

Composition (Part II) by Wendy Folse
Horizontal or vertical format? Advantages and disadvantages.

Composition (Part III) by Wendy Folse
How to use perspective, what is the focal point, examples of in-camera cropping.

Composition (Part IV): Isolating the subject by Wendy Folse
Framing, selective focus, depth of field, distracting elements.

Photographic Composition by Pony Express Photo School
Examples only, but good examples.

Composition: Breaking all the Rules by Gloria Hopkins
WYSIWYG - breaking the composition rules!

Basic Photography Techniques by Klaus Schroiff
The golden mean, rule of thirds, framing, cross-lines described.

Photography Techniques: Perspective by Klaus Schroiff
Depth of field, focus, focal length, object isolation, separation, compression, layers.

Photography Techniques: Using Light by Klaus Schroiff
Spot light, backlit, monochrome, colors, etc.

Composition I: Getting Beyond the Snapshot by Gloria Hopkins
Composition guidelines: leading lines.

Composition II: Composition in Nature Photography and the Elements of a Photograph by Gloria Hopkins
Composition guidelines: light.

Composition III: Composition in Nature Photography and the Elements of a Photograph by Gloria Hopkins
Composition guidelines: depth and color.

Composition Basics - How to Get Good Pictures by
Five sections from Introduction to Digital Photograpy: Composition Basics, Camera Composition, Camera Angle, Rule of Thirds, Types of Shots.

Framing Your Photos by Kris Butler
Several tips, not about framing only.

Composition with a 6x6...? Square Scotland by Wim van Velzen
How to compose your photos in a medium format.

The Use of Focal Length in Landscape Photography by Wim van Velzen
Composition possibilities in different circumstances.

Tutorial on Composition by Peter Saw
Good and simple tutorial. Image balance, leading the eye, golden section, etc. This one is good for painters, but it's the same good for photographers.

Composition Refresher by Theresa Husarik
Several composition "do" and "don't" tips.

Learn Photo Composition by John Harvey
Interesting article with good examples.

Improving Your Photography: Composition. Lesson by Peter Ensenberger
Primary elements of a good composition.


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