Day 21 | Understanding Elements of Composition Pt 1
Deb's Tip: Be Prepared
- I drive to my location with my camera and lenses in tow several days before the scheduled shoot.
- I take pictures of areas that really stand out to me first (no person is in these photographs), I look around for visual interests (elements of composition) such as, lines, colors, simple backgrounds, textures and take pictures of these points of interest.
- When I return home, I upload the images to my computer, make a folder for the location so I can refer back to what elements of composition are available to me.
- When I am with a client(s) at locations I know well, the shoot runs smoother, I can do my best work because I have invested time being prepared for what the location(s) have to offer.
There are so many elements to composition and we are only going to cover a few in today and tomorrow’s posts. I encourage you to do your own research and look at how other photographers show their art in different ways using the elements of composition. This post really could be called the “Art of composition” because that is truly what it is, an art. Creativity is all about YOU, the photographer.
Composition is only limited by your imagination and creativity. Composition is what is telling the story to the viewer and simply put, it is the key element to a great photograph. Without careful thought to the elements of composition, the picture would be boring and uninteresting. So, think outside the box and explore the options of changing your perspective, changing your position and shoot things that you never thought interested you before. You just might surprise yourself.
These are only guidelines using some of the Elements of Composition, these are not ‘rules’.
Elements of composition take practice and this is one subject that we could talk about endlessly.
- Get out with your camera to two locations (no model needed), take pictures of things that look visually interesting, keeping in mind to look for things such as lines, space, symmetry, color, etc. to get a feel for what the location has to offer.
- Get out with your camera and take pictures of visual architecture. This is a great way to practice elements of composition.
- Practice makes for a better understanding and beautiful images.
Great job today! See you tomorrow where we will cover a few more of these elements of composition.