12 Rules for Creating an Effective Photography Portfolio

Sequence by Composition

Last rule. I'm sad, too.

Movement and composition are very complementary and can therefore overlap at times. Here are some compositional themes to be aware of—wide angle, close-up, negative space, major movement, minor movement, profile, and symmetry.

Keeping similar compositions together works well at times, but there's also a lot of power in thinking about what types of compositions are complementary to each other. For instance, if I'm positing a couple portraits from a shoot, I like to put a close-up and a relatively wider angle shot next to each other.

Probably the most important thing to take into account with compositional sequencing is negative space. If you are using a horizontal scroll, photos are back to back with each other, and you need to be careful not to create visual clutter. Use negative space to ensure information in different photographs isn't clashing or competing.

Time to get busy.

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