Picture Composition Examples

When you look at the picture composition examples, these photos capture a moment in time that will have several things depicted but the full context of what the photographs are all about is subject to one’s opinion. This is achieved by the photo being able to show the majority of what is happening in that moment. It was taken and a small part improvised from your imagination to create the composition of the photograph. In other words, any picture that you look at is a story taken somewhere from a particular moment in time, left to the imagination of the viewer.


Picture Composition Examples

photograph of picture composition example 1

Picture Composition Example 1


We could say there are three concerns of composition:

– determining what the subject is

– using the rule of thirds

– leading to the subject


Determining the Subject

So when we look at any photograph, you could ask yourself what the subject is, how do we know what the subject is and what is the context that the picture is portraying to us. For instance when you look at a photo not all the details are represented and you could be left referring many different things to put the photograph into context.


The picture above and to the right shows us a brown teddy bear as the main subject in the right-hand of a young girl. The reason I say the teddy bear is the subject is he is the focal point in colour while the young girl and the rest of the picture are like 50 shades of grey. If the photograph were in full colour, you would probably find the young girl and bear would be the subject together. The context of this picture leaves you with an image of her standing at the top of some landscaping steps possibly looking towards the ground at something in some location left for your imagination.

Let’s take a look at the photograph below.

photograph of picture composition example 2

Picture Composition Example 2


Here we have a single tree as the subject in an open landscape with reflective light shooting upwards from right to left across the night sky. All the surrounding light is illuminating the leaves of the tree and segments of ground cover in the open field. Now, what is up to the imagination is what’s creating this white light that appears to be dancing across the skyline.


Below you will see a full black and white image giving you an empty bench as your subject. Some could argue and say no to the bench and claim that the tree is the subject here except when you put all three concerns of the composition into play; the bench wins. Before I give the answers to the other two concerns to this photograph, just imagine if we had anybody sitting on the bench, they would be your subject. The context of this image is focused as the bench is a place to sit under a tree on a hilltop overlooking the landscape below and possibly the night sky again as you let your imagination take over.

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Picture Composition Example 3


Rule of Thirds

For the rule of thirds, you can read up on it in this post “Photography Composition Rule Of Thirds.”

From each of these photographs the rule of thirds plays its part as follows:

  • The teddy bear is located top centre with the young girl off to the left for the focal point that the photographer used in capturing this picture.
  • Now in the case of the second photo, the tree is the focal point in the bottom right of the photograph using the rule of thirds.
  • For our third option, we can see the bench is on the upper and lower left side of the rule of thirds focal point.


Leading to the subject

When we talk about leading to the subject, there are a few things to consider. By nature, we have the tendency to look left to right, top to bottom the same way we were taught to read. When you first see a picture, a photographer will frame up there shot in such a way that your eyes will travel to the subject area by positioning themselves and the subject in such a manner by leading you.

Let’s explain this with our three photographs:

  • The little girl is holding the teddy bear. The biggest lead in the feature here is the whole picture is black and white except the bear who is in full colour. Your eyes will always have an attraction for outstanding colour. Secondly your eyes are lead up the landscaping steps to the bear at the top.
  • On the second photograph, you have a tree on the top part of a field totally lit up from behind by all the bright light in the evening sky. Here you are lead by the contrast difference in the night sky against the tree as the focal point.
  • Finally, we have the total black and white photograph of the bench on the hill. The ground has a path that leads up to and in front of the bench with the tree going up one side with branches across the top framing over the bench. The setting sun going down for dusk sets the final lead to where the bench is as it overlooks the valley.


So these are the three concerns of composition that make up any great photograph that is imperative on how your photos turn out. By following the rules of the three picture composition examples above you’ll understand the full concept or shall I say the big picture for taking better photographs.


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” Hi once again, I’m Travis Smithers author of Say It With Photographs where you will find tutorials on photography, editing software, cameras and accessories. The use of post production equipment and their operation to the creation of fantastic gifts for you, friends and family, enjoy. Comments and questions always welcomed here!




  1. Love love love these pictures. I enjoy taking pictures especially of my children and are always looking for new ideas and angles. You just gave me some great new ideas to use.

    Great tips and advice on photography,

  2. hi Travis
    the pictures you have included in your article really make it easier to understand what you are explaining. Not only are they gorgeous pictures, they help point out the subject of the picture. I could sort of see it with the bench but then when you reflected that if a person was sitting on the bench, the person would be the subject, it made it clearer for me. You obviously have a passion for photography, a very elegant yet precise art I might say

  3. Thanks to your article, I learned new info about photography especially the rule of the third 🙂

  4. Wow – I picked up more from that about photography than anything else I’ve come across.
    I like photography, but not great at it. I have heard it said that good photographs are viewed through the perspective of the subject.
    I’m not so sure about that exactly, but you’ve certainly made me so much more aware of the role of the composition of a photo. I guess you’ve given me a new perspective.

  5. With your continued articles I hope to be a better photographer someday. I always feel the subject is lost in my photos, but now I have an idea why. Thanks for the help, I’m going to give it another go.

  6. Splendid information and tutorial. I learned much and with only three things to remember. Excellent job.

  7. I love photography even though I don’t get it right a lot of the time. Some great tips and I’ll be bookmarking your website so that I can head back here regularly. Thanks.

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