Composition is a topic that I think is hugely misunderstood, and most challenging to the majority of the students I work with. I also think its not emphasized enough, perhaps because there’s nothing to sell. Frankly it’s a difficult subject to understand, never mind teach, but every once in a while I find something worth reading or watching.
Photographer Ian Plant recently gave a talk titled “Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition” for B&H Photo Video that I think has lots of good useful information to help improve your composition. His images are also worth checking out and you can see more of them at his website here.
It’s great to see other photographers emphasizing the importance of good visual design, and Ian’s presentation is excellent. Enjoy.