Lets talk Photo Composition!
Photo composition is very important. You want to frame your subject in away that draw the viewers eye into the photo, and keeps it there.
One of the most frustrating things for me to deal with are people who have that “natural eye” for composing.
I applaud that ability, wish I had it, but my lack of natural ability has forced me to study harder, squeezing harder to get more juice out of this art/skill.
Consider what fine art photographer, Bruce Barnhaum said in a book, The Art of Photography; “Rules are foolish, arbitrary, mindless things that raise you quickly to a level of acceptable mediocrity, then prevent you from progressing further”.
His work is incredible (Bing it), but his comments lead me to assume he can’t relate his natural talent to the processes leading to his great photography.
Several of the great photographers make similar comments.
Whether it comes from personal incredulity of their natural talents or perhaps out of some self-importance, they think their endowment entitles them, their comments and attitude isn’t encouraging to inspiring photographers.
For people like me, not naturally endowed, but having potential; we need directions and instructions to follow to encourage and develop our talents.
Oh yeah, if you never accept mediocrity, natural ability will eventually rule.
Well said! I like to think that I have the eye and I hope that my photographs will capture the eye of a viewer and tell the story of how we lived today.
In taking your class at the college it has opened my eyes up to a new photograph. The world through a photographers eye. I see pictures in a whole new window, that of the camera. Learning and using all of these new tools: the rule of thirds, exposure values, and compensation will set me on the right path.
I know now that without composition my photos might run the risk of being cluttered. So I tell myself, slow down think about what you want to see, select your subject, and the view point (Focal length) that will bring it front and center.
Here is a question for you… Do most Photographers think that they sky is boring? In researching composition I have come across this a couple of times. One of my favorite things to shoot is the sky. Of course with added subject matter. 🙂
I love the sky, it is so full of my favorite things: clouds, birds, sunrises/sunsets, the sun and moon – oh yeah, the stars! You probably noticed on my web page, my obsession with sunsets and rises. I try to see every one, every day.
Few know that colors in sunrises and sunsets is the result of sunlight being refracted (bent) and separated as it enters the earth’s atmosphere at low angles. Rainbows are the same phenomenon on a different scale and different refracting medium (rain vs. air)
The color separation is greatest at dawn and diminishes to zero at noon; towards sundown colors begin again to separate (refract).
Photographers love the early morning and late afternoon light so much they gave that special light the name, Sweet Light, mostly for the warmer colors but also for the lower angles of illumination. That is where my business name came from.
One or two of our final classes will help with defining and developing attitudes that lead to creative thought processes.
Remember – don’t let your camera get in the way of producing great photographs!
I love how you have developed the name, and thank you for the information. I was a little upset when I saw that a few of the articles I read the sky was flat and boring.
The sky is full of so much beauty. As you said, Birds, clouds and my favorite sunsets and sunrises.
In October, I returned to the place I grew up in Florida and made it a point to sit on the beach and wait for the sun to come up or go down. Its the most beautiful think in the world to watch as the sky changes with so many beautiful colors.
Another question for you. My sister in-law said that the phrase Silver lining also originated from the sunrise/ sunsets. Its the point where the sun portrays a silver lining across the top of the clouds. I believe I was able to capture this while I was there. Have you heard of this?
Pss – forgive the typos
The “silver lining” refers to a condition where the thin edges of a back-lighted cloud glow brilliantly while the center of the cloud appears dark or black. It can happen any time of the day. Often, rays of light called crepuscular rays extend from the back-lighted cloud’s edges.
Look up photographer, look up.
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