Understanding some fundamentals of composition is one of the keys to creating great photographs with your mobile phone. One of the cool things about using a mobile camera is that you’re free from having to worry about choosing the lenses and other things. Instead you can focus on the photo. In this quick episode we give you a few tips that you can use today that will result in an instant improvement in your mobile phone photographs.

In the visual arts, composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject. The term composition means ‘putting together’ and can apply to any work of art, from music to writing to photography, that is arranged using conscious thought.

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