One of my favorite compositional techniques for better photos is actually a very simple and intuitive concept.  Simply place the subject of a photograph in the brightest part of the scene.

This works on any camera and for any genre, whether you’re shooting portraits or street photography.  A viewer’s eyes are naturally drawn to the brightest area of an image, so placing the subject over that area creates a natural emphasis and highlight. Just find the light, and put your subject there! It’s so simple!

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