I've written an article on image composition. I learned a lot in my research on the subject, and I'm sure it'll be worth your time to take a look at it. Some things I talk about are: all the parts of a picture should draw attention to the subject Why the rule of thirds sucks, and how you should place a subject how to use lines to your advantage using hue/value/saturation to create mood and draw attention to the subject and a bunch of short tips In a few short sentences I think the main thing I learned about image composition is that all the elements of a picture are equally important and should help the subject stand out. It might seem like a small realization, but it is a completely different way of looking at a picture. When I'm taking a picture I now think about how I can best use background elements to help my subject stand out. When people say to keep a picture simple it's not because simple pictures are the best, but because a simple background helps the subject stand out, while a complex scene can easily direct the viewers attention to the wrong part of a scene. If you have any suggestions on what I should talk about in future articles, leave a comment below. If you have any criticism on how I could improve the quality of my posts please leave a comment explaining what I can do.