I am not a professional photographer. I am not the most experienced photographer on here. The one piece of advice I can offer anyone on here though? Composition is king.

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More important than your camera, more important than your settings, composition is king.

If you have the best gear, the best subject, the best lighting, but your composition sucks? You’re gonna have a crappie photo.

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Conversely you can use a pinhole camera and a mundane subject with great composition and you can get an awesome photo.

I bring all this up because I saw someone post a really concise guide on composition on reddit and I want to share it with you.

I had to watch a bunch of art of photography videos and look at a bunch of talented photographers photos to learn half of this stuff. Meanwhile you newbies and people who are apologizing for taking photos with your phones can read this and gain some skills and quit worrying about your gear.

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UPDATE : One photographer I follow on YouTube just posted a video of nothing but iPhone photography. This is a perfect example of how the gear doesn’t matter.

If you’re new and you’re still having a hard time buying the whole gear doesn’t matter pitch you need to understand the most important feature of good gear is control. Yeah you pay for quality and durability and having a faster lens and higher iso but the most important thing on real cameras is being able to compose the image the way you want to.

The good news is if all you have is a phone you can get apps that will put you in full control.