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The Art of Photo Composition by Manuel Voss

Mobile Photography is definitely a new way of discovering talented photographers, and Manuel Voss is clearly one of them!

Manuel is endowed with an innate sense of composition. You can find him on Instagram: @emanueljayv

Manuel lives in southern California and works as a power equipment trainer.
He started his passion for photography at a young age of 20. Starting with Architecture and moving onto Event photography, finding the beauty of Life reflected on a person’s face interesting to photograph. Manuel has refined his work in Street Photography, still capturing Architecture/Design and People.
Always in a quest to create and become polished in his work, Manuel is constantly pushing for that “one” great image.

His taste and influences include many of the early giants including Stieglitz, Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Rodchenko, Steichen and Edward Weston, to name a few.

Technically, most of Manuel’s images are taken with Pro Camera.
For post production he uses Snapseed and PhotoForge2. For Black and White conversion he prefers Noir. He also finds useful the following apps : Squareready, Frontview and Pro HDR.


“I believe photography is the most revealing thing I do in my life. The pictures I take are reflections of everything I think and feel. When taking a picture I cannot escape who I am and where I’ve been. When I’m shooting, I’m always looking for ways to simplfy my composition. For me the process of photography is not much different than the way a graphic designer works; remove everything from your composition that does not contribute to the desired objective. Manuel Voss

Here is a selection of Manuel’s photographs along with some quotes.


“Although I have been in New York a few times I have never taken the time to visit the Statue of Liberty. Luckily on my last visit a few friends offered to take me to their favorite location for viewing Mrs. Liberty.
We parked the car and crossed the street. As soon as she came into view it was a no brainer, the building with the number 79 set the mood and added the perfect contrast and grit. It was a great opportunity to shoot the monument in a new way.”

“When stopping for fuel on a trip to Phoenix we spotted this great Gas sign. The set up was so perfect I actually shot it without even leaving the car. The clouds were right and the sun peeked out at just the right time. I hindsight I should have spent some time exploring all the possibilities.”

“This is actually a composite image with the same man twice. I was visiting the LA County Museum and spotted this guy enjoying the exhibit. I took my time and shot what I could without being obvious. When reviewing the original I thought adding the foreground subject would create depth and interest.”

“With the popularity of Tilt-Shift photography I thought it might be fun to shoot a real miniature and see what kind of response it would get. The model was at the local train station and with few people around so I shot at my leisure. In post production I converted to black and white added a blur to mimic the Tilt-Shift look.”

“I tend to be attracted to things with age and cars are no different. I happened on a local car show and just happened to spot this car sitting of to the side by itself. I wish I could say the composition was as shot but I didn’t see the play between the car and shadow until later.”

“Like a lot of photographers I can find fault with my own images. In contrast this is an image I’m quite happy with. The image feels timeless and everything in the image feels right to me. The only change I might make is to remove the traffic light toward the top of the photo because it pulls my eye a bit too much.”


Manuel’s business card does not mention “Photography”. How is it possible?
Thanks a lot Manuel! Your photographs bring us a lot of emotion…