Presentation Offers Solid Composition Tips and Examples for Street Photographers

Erik Kim is one of the best-known street photographers out there, today. In his continues efforts to shoot and share, Kim has put out the full presentation he used in his Introduction to Composition for Street Photography talk at Gulf Photo Plus 2014.


The 136-slide presentation is full of definitive examples and helpful illustrations for breaking down the composition of a photograph. Kim goes through the basic ‘rules,’ such as leading lines and the rule of thirds, but towards the end, the slideshow dives into more intricate framing techniques, blending together and breaking the ‘rules’ we’ve all come to know.

If some of these images and illustrations look familiar to you, it’s because many, if not all of them, are taken from his 13-part series he’s shared on his blog. For those of you just wanting a quick summary and visual, this presentation is a wonderful little resource. But if you’d like some auxiliary material, we highly suggest you head on over to his blog and take a look at the list of individual lessons he’s created.

Introduction to Composition for Street Photography Presentation [Eric Kim Photography via Reddit]

  • Doyle Thomas

    nice, one of the few technical things about Photography that has not changed is the rules of composition.

  • Adam Cross

    there are rules?

  • Tom Martin

    I know you’re kidding, but yes “rules” – a shorthand for aesthetic. Like the “Laws” of nature, they are discovered, not imposed.

  • Omar Salgado

    It would be great Kim would use some of his photos to illustrate this…

    And as we know, there are a lot of excellent teachers, but poor executors.

    Aside from that, Michael Freeman explains this too in one of his composition books. Really helpful.

    But if you want to go deeper, there are a lot of books on design and painting.

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