Struggling to understand/practice composition

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MrBrightSide Contributing Member • Posts: 868
It's all about balancing your lights and your darks, brights and neutrals

Just pretend you're shooting for a magazine and the art director needs lots of room to fit in type and headlines to one side of your subject.

An easy rule of thumb is that centered compositions generally work best for sacred subjects like houses of worship or anything that's symmetrical.

"Diego Delso,, License CC-BY-SA" legibly next to the image.

Most other subjects need breathing room on one side or the other. Generally you put the breathing room on the side that's most interesting.

As for your cat, since we can't really see the eyes, to me what's most interesting about it is the arched shape of its back...

You can also balance something big and dark (cat) with something small and light, like this:

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