Without the science!
Composition is a science, lines leading to 2-dimensional forms, circles, triangles, curves…
There are many books dealing with the science of Composition in Art and creative digital photography.
In this space, you can read about the simple approach to developing an eye for composition.
Composition – if I may define it thusly – is simply stated; what pleases you?
There are some things to look for when composing your image. For example;
1. Creating Depth.
This image would be trashed at once, because the plane is out of focus, but even if it were sharp it would be deleted because it is flat.
Here we have a wall as foreground, village in the middle and hills in the background.
We are dealing with what we call depth and the underlying concept here is turning a 2-dimensional picture into a 3-dimensional image.
You will find some pictures with only two layers that you like and that’s fine, but learning to always consider fore- middle- and background is the path to finer art.
This point usually comes into play when creating landscape images.
2. Avoid Clutter
What is in the image and what is not?
Too much going on in an image is irritating for the viewer.
If need be, change your point of view – walk in a circle around the object until you see the right background.
3. Avoid the absurd.
In the image above, it’s rather obvious, but I’ve seen more than one image of mine on PC with a tree branch through a head or some other absurdity. You can train yourself to notice these things with practice.
4. Capture the details instead of the whole
If for whatever reason, the entire scene doesn’t seem to be right, you may find close up details to capture.
Sometimes an image of a part is better than the whole subject.
5. Look for Symmetry
Sometimes the symmetry of an object or scene calls out to you.
6. Form can be an image in itself
Similar to capturing only details, here you only want the form as image.
Even if it is the form of light and shadow.
7. Look for a frame
Sometimes man-made, sometimes natural.
This certainly doesn’t cover the entire topic of composition, but I feel it is enough food for thought here.
If you go into the Kindle shop – or bookstore – enter Composition as search and you will find much more information.
Of course; I recommend Composition Photo Workshop by Blue Fier.
Advice? Yes. You should go out with only one composition goal at a time.
- Today I want to find Symmetry.
- Today I want to capture the details of something.
- Today I will go to something I know and create seven images from different points of view.
This way you are only training your eye to look for one thing. After your confident, go on to the next.
Comments and questions are welcome.