Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: #22 Guide the Viewer and Flipping Photos

Cee’s CCY Challenge is about guiding the viewer to see your image the way you want them to..


Guide the Viewer

As a photographer, we have the option of guiding your viewer to see the photo as you want it to be seen.  In some ways that is what composition it all about.   We have already covered leading lines and lines in general. Here are three more  tips which will help you.

  • Bright Spot
  • “S” Curve
  • To Flip or Not To Flip the Horizon

In the photo below, I have created a bright spot in the water … and the natural white spot is the cliff-face.  This photograph has all three of the elements, with the S being the curves of the rocks and with the image being flipped to guide your eye to cliff-face.


Taken by Bren Ryan


You can see the curve more in the black and white version of the photograph…


Birling Gap


In this photograph I have flipped the bird so that you look more at his beak and face than you do at his tail feathers.

Bird on a fence at Birling Gap


A photograph I did earlier this week also has two of the elements required above… it has the curves of the trees as they surround the bright area in the distance.

Woodland Walks
Northward Hill Nature Reserve


This image I have flipped so that your eye is focussed more on the rings and light rather than the wires


Taken by Ashley Ryan


Again thank you Cee for running this challenge..

About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

13 responses to “Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: #22 Guide the Viewer and Flipping Photos”

  1. Such a great examples you have given us for this lesson. Thanks Bren for sharing and playing along.


    • Thank you Cee… these challenges are brilliant… I had really realised that about the way your vision directs you until I read your post last night… and now I am looking for it in all my work now..


  2. Wow, Bren. I would not describe you as an amateur photographer. That golden landscape through the trees is incredible… as are all of your photos, but that first view in Cee’s blog of the landscape I just described makes it impossible to go on without viewing your blog. Once there, not one photograph disappointed. Stunning.


    • Thank you for your lovely comment it is greatly appreciated.. I still have hell of a lot to learn believe me 😀 😀 and your comment has given me great encouragement… thank you so much.

      I don’t know about you, but I just love processing photographs.. I could spend hours and hours in Lightroom and Photoshop, just doing various styles and seeing what I like… and trying new techniques… I think post-processing is the part I really enjoy especially when I am out there freezing and in the rain. 😀 😀


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