Composition – no matter what kind of camera

Trillium Tree Grytten 2x3Let’s debunk the idea that you NEED the most advanced, fanciest piece of equipment to make images that “speak.” One example here is a Large White Trillium, taken with a Sony Point ‘n Shoot 3.2 MP camera when first getting a feel for this Digital World about 10 years ago. And it was recently used as a cover for a magazine in Alabama. Without a lot of practice and study about composition; however, I doubt it would have been possible. So, before we get started on the spring season, let’s dig into some good information to help us… And thanks to the ever searching eyes of lens luggers, here is one tip from Lens Lugger Duke Miller — an article from DPS (Digital Photography School) and a good place to study often.

“Yo Bob,  Some really choice words of wisdom in this one. Paragraph 2 is both poignant and  succinct”. — Duke

Learning to See, Part VIII

by Dale Wilson

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.  –Edward Weston

To some photographers composition is an innate process, whereas to others it is a life-long learned challenge laden with frustration. Regardless of which category you find yourself, good composition is a learned skill that will enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the end result.  While I subscribe to Weston’s notion, I also believe we first learn to crawl before walking.

Our challenge is to learn how to use diagonal lines, contrast, simplicity, point of interest, and so on to allow us to translate the three-dimensional scene being photographed onto a one-dimensional plane while retaining the original perception of depth and movement.

The first rule that we must accept is that there is no right way to take a picture. Regardless of the subject matter, you should always analyze your picture to ensure it answers the question: Does this picture satisfy my reasons for having made the exposure in the first place?  Should your answer be yes —congratulations.  If not — why not?

The art of making a photograph can be broken down to its most basic and elementary form: Placing the point of interest in the most satisfying position within the frame to achieve the desired result. It really is that simple; everything from this point forward will evolve by way of personal technique.

The first photographic rule that must be learned, and adhered to from this day forward, is the use of a tripod. It is unquestionably the most valuable piece of ancillary equipment you can have at your disposal. Only when your camera is firmly grounded with the flexibility and advantage of controlled movement can you then start to accurately study the scene in the viewfinder, thus ensuring all elements are properly placed in the scene prior to making the exposure. There have been many articles and reviews written on the multitude of tripod models available, please defer to those that are easily located by doing a web search.

By recognizing that we want to photograph a particular scene or subject, we have also admitted to having identified the point of impact within that scene. Perhaps it is a lazy fox in big landscape, a detail of some mammal, a grey wolf peering from behind a tree, or perhaps the snow-capped mountains in some distant vista. Where we place that identifying feature within the viewfinder will unquestionably enhance the final impact of the image.
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