Composition isn't just for writing | photography tips

June 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

What do you think of when your hear or see the word composition? Do you think of those English/Language Arts classes you or your children had to take? Perhaps some type of writing? Well, most people do, unless you're talking to a photographer. When I think of composition, I consider the framing and cropping of an image to make it visually stimulating. Anyone can capture a beautiful scene, but not just anyone can bring out the best in that scene. 

In photography, a definition for composition is "the artistic arrangement of the parts of a picture". Does that tell you much? Maybe, maybe not. But think about it. Have you ever seen an image and it was really nice, but it didn't "wow" you? Then you see another image of the same subject and it blew your socks off? If so, you probably liked it a lot, but didn't know why. Well, that was probably due to its composition. 

​Composition can be achieved simply by the perspective as to which the image is captured. Take these two images. They are technically the same image, but they were cropped differently. Which do you find more pleasing? Which one seems to say more to you than the other? Yes, i know photography is subjective, but tell me which one has greater impact and why.

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Capturing wonderful moments isn't necessarily a happenstance. It does take thought, a little bit of planning and a good eye. One of the things that many photographers use is "the rule of thirds". I'm sure you're asking "What the heck is that?" Well, imagine breaking your image up into 3 rows and 3 columns. When taking a picture, it is believed that if you line up the most interesting objects in the image along the lines or at the intersections, that will make for a well-balanced and interesting image. This rule isn't a must, but I do think it's important to know only because if you're going to break a rule, you need to know the rule first. Below is an example of the grid for rule of thirds.

You may ask me if I think about the rule of thirds when I photograph. My honest answer is in a very vague sense, but I'm always thinking about composition. Now composition can be a difficult thing to achieve when I'm chasing around a 1 or 2 year old, but I do my best. So when you're photographing someone or something, you may not want to always put them in the center of your frame. Sure that's easy and there are plenty of times where you may want that, but sometimes just switch it up. You'd be surprised at the results you can achieve. 

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