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Visual Focal Points Happen When You Create Contrast

Most visual points tend to occur in the areas of the photo that have the highest contrast. In this case, the red contrasts with the green in the photo. In other photos, it might be a person’s face standing out against the sky, a tall building that rises above the cityscape, or a brightly colored insect out on a limb.

Can an image have more than one focal point? Absolutely. This usually happens in photos where a larger subject dominates a slightly smaller subject. Here’s an example.

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Most of the photo is a single dull blue color, but the two fish are a nice bright orange. The bigger fish is the main visual focal point while the smaller one is more of a secondary focal point. As your eye takes in this photo, you naturally move from the bigger fish to the smaller one, examining the details in between.