Winter Landscape, Germany

Photograph by Norbert Rosing, National Geographic

Balance and geometry play a crucial role in successful composition. In this elegant, simple image by Norbert Rosing, we see a strong leading line—the road—as well as delicate elements that are placed in perfect geometric balance. Notice how many triangles can be found within this frame, formed by light and shadow and the placement of the subjects. —Annie Griffiths

Photo Tip: Remember that the simplest subject can be beautiful if the composition is thoughtful. The goal is to achieve geometric balance in an image by strategically placing strong elements so that they balance the more open areas of the photograph.

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