3 x 3: Composition in Erotic Photography

One of the most fundamental elements of any good picture is composition. Composition just a long word for saying 'how the things that make up an image are put together.' There are lots of factors to consider when determining the composition of your photo, but let's take a look at one of the most basic of these.

The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds means that an image should be imagined as being divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. Where these lines cross are the points where the important elements (a face, an ass, a crop) of the photo should be placed. A less confusing way to say it is that 'a single subject should never be centred in the frame.'. Even more simply put, 'don't place your subject smack dab in the center of the photo.'.

Sounds easy enough, yes? Not always. What if you have more than one 'subject' (two faces, three asses, four crops!)? What if your photo is a close up of a face, what's the 'subject' then? What if... a thousand different variables?

Here are a few tips:

Ask yourself "what are the points of interest in this shot?" Once you determine those, you can play around with what to place where, and see if that placement gives you the effect you are looking for.

Try out different placements. Put the subject in the upper right, lower right, lower left, upper left, more towards the center. Most people shoot digitally these days and the beauty of digital is that you can take a zillion shots of the same sexy thing with very little cost and time involved. Imagine different placements in the sample image above. Place an emphasis on the model's hair, collar, face, and chest. What different compositions do you see?

Also, never underestimate the power of post production. It's almost always better to get the shot right when you shoot it rather than relying on things like Photoshop to clean up your image. However, cropping your photo on your computer once it's been taken is a good way to get the composition you want.

You can continue to learn the ins and outs of erotic photography with KIM every Thursday on Sexlife Canada!