what makes an image interesting?

Rule of thirds

Basic rule of photography, image is divided up into 9 equal squares. When you put things of importance on the intersection or along the lines your photo becomes more balanced and interesting.

Balancing Elements

Using objects, tones, or colors of a dissimilar kind to create contrast giving each element its own important.


leading lines

Lines in a photograph framed or positioned purposely by the photographer to draw the viewer’s eye in a specific direction or to a specific point.



The perspective of the world from which your photograph is taken. Can be literal like my shot above could be taken from an ants viewpoint. Or it can be more abstract, like taking a photo from the viewpoint of someone in poverty, or from the view point of someones ancestry.


Symmetry in photography is when two halves of an image hold the same weight, we often think the subject needs to be repeated like I did in the photo above, but symmetry can be a more abstract concept using light, color, instead of an object.



Background is the area behind the main subject of the photograph. Minimizing the impact of the background can help draw focus to the main subject.



Depth is the distance between objects in a photo that have the desired sharpness. A narrow DOF (depth of field) means only a small portion of the image is in focus, while a large DOF allows much more of the image to be in focus.



Framing is a technique in which you draw the focus of the viewer to a specific point of the image by blocking out other parts of the image with an object. I use framing on the stair here to bring the focus to the nice morning light.


Cropping is when you get rid of unwanted or unnecessary parts of a photograph, this can be done to bring more attention to the main subject, or get rid of an element you don’t like. Cropping can be done mentally when you take the photo, or when editing the photo.


Composition is a very general word that can be used in anything from visual arts, to music, dance, even books. But in the context of photography composition has to do with the placement and manipulation of objects in the photos we take. A good composition has just the right amount of detail, too much and the image becomes confusing. Another very important aspect of good composition is balance. There is many ways to achieve balance in a photograph whether is be with symmetry, color, light. Our mind naturally looks for balance in the world and a well put together composition seeks to give the viewer the balance their brain craves. Composition finally is about thinking of ways to guide the viewer toward the element of the photograph you want them to look at, this can be done through leading lines, rule of thirds, viewpoint, a good composition helps the audience see what you want them to see.