Improving composition using natural layers

By |2014-09-08T09:26:47+00:00Sep 8th, 2014|

One of the ways that I aim to create a more compelling photo is by incorporating natural layers to improve composition. This is especially useful with seascape photography because it’s easy for the viewer’s eyes get lost when you don’t provide sufficient foreground, middle ground, and/or background elements. Of course, this is wholly dependent on what you’re capturing and how you intend to present it. With these sea stacks, my goal was to allow the viewer’s eyes to roam from the front of the image thru to the back, bouncing from one rock to the other. I was fortunate to have these formations (taken in Bandon, OR) to use in my composition and did my best to establish enough separation of each stack.


  1. Cynthia Pyun September 8, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    I have a lot to learn…sigh

  2. Brian Matiash September 8, 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Don’t we all, Cynthia? :) That’s the best part!

  3. Cynthia Pyun September 8, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I do love the fact that so much is shared and given freely these days. It’s so encouraging (yes, that means you, Brian and Nicole :) )

  4. Michael McGimpsey September 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Works well. Nice shot.

  5. Reichlyn Aguilar September 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I have to say I’ve not learnt from anyone else writing tips as much as I have from you. Thanks Bri!

  6. Brian Matiash September 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    That makes every moment of effort worth it, Reichlyn! Thank you so much!

  7. Reichlyn Aguilar September 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply


  8. Rick LePage September 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Great post, Brian.

  9. Brian Matiash September 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks much, MC Rickles

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