The method that I am about to show you will work with almost any module, I use the Image module as it is the easiest to work with and produces an immediate view-able result. 

The key to making sure that you create a column is where you drop the module. Here is where you need to drop it:

As you can see it is off to the far side and the bar shows that it will be dropped on the same line as the picture. 

This is the result:

and here is the same method being employed to create 6 columns:

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