“Nature's beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude”
"Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera."― Henri Cartier-Bresson
Good Composition combines the artistic with the technical to create, produce and grab attention with your photographs. There is never been a case where two people with identical camera have had the same approach to snap the same photograph, sure you learn the basics but everyone interprets a subject in a photograph very differently.
Today, we cover some key elements that will help you improve your composition in your photography. (FYI this will also help your cinematography)...
Clarity and simplicity are the very important keys to good composition. It is most important to be aware of your surroundings, walk a couple of times around the same place and at different times of the day. See what captures and inspires you to make a photograph. So before you press-on that shutter release concentrate on the composition as a whole not just on the subject.
Make sure ask yourself, Have I really looked outside of my viewfinder?, what is this scene telling me?, If I snap this photo how will it take away from my subject?
The primary visual elements in composition that is quickly over looked is geometry, color, light and shadows. Everywhere you look there is lines and shapes. There is also color, texture, contrast, and hues. Light and shadows will help you paint your photos. Shadows create contrast and dramatic scenes, while light illuminates and highlights subjects or objects.
On the photo above we have rectangles, squares, circles, vertical and horizontal lines. We also have colors, contrast, texture and hues. Then finally we have light, on the upper corners of the photo you see that the sky is diffused because its a cloudy day, but to the down right corner where our subjects are buying snacks, we can see that they have sunlight coming from the right of the photo highlighting them in a very subtle way, which creates a really nice shadow and contrast on her and his coats.
When placing and arranging these elements together we want to create and produce a three-dimensional reality or perception in a two dimensional photo. Secondary elements, like sharpness, perspectives, and timing (especially with moving subjects), and visual balance will also partake in the composition on the photographs that you make.
Lastly go out there and take it all in, see it first with your eyes, see the patterns, and forms of your scenes and subjects. Once that you have the perspective of your elements, Then look through the viewfinder or the back of the lcd and snap that photo.
With practice your personal composition in photographs will determine how effectively your photographs communicate with your audience . Keep shooting and have fun and enjoy the good times.
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri is right, your first 10,000 photos will be your worst, heck, they maybe so bad that you might want to give up photography all together. But why give up? Is it because you do not have a good camera? I say keep grinding till you develop that eye. In the mean time, don't break your piggy banks savings. Stick to what you got and grow from there.
Now a days if you have phone, you also have camera is that simple. Especially if you have a phone that has been released from a year a go till now. But Bryan I want a camera because it has better dynamic range, and it has 245 Auto Focus points, or I need that new full frame camera because it can see at night. OK yes, all those nice bells and whistles are great. But do you really need them? especially when you are starting out on your photographs journey. All cameras are a supposed to be treated liked a tool and like all tools it needs someone to use them.
DSLR Cameras, SLR Cameras, film cameras and phone cameras alike dont have a sense of emotion, or they don't know composition. Its you behind the camera that can capture that moment and express what you want to say or show in your photo.
I'm done with the inspirations, lets get down to fun and business. So you want to take better photos, that is great! Its simple grab what you have and go out there and take photos. Thats it problem solved.
You just need to get out of your comfort zone and take photos. Find a challenge like for 7 days take black and white photos or take photos of things or objects of a certain color. Find what you like to take photos off, and go have fun and experiment.
You have a phone camera! Awesome! Go out there and take photos with your camera phone, turn on your grid on your phone and learn how to follow the rule of thirds. Train that eye for composition and framing. With your phone camera you can mod it and buy lenses for it. I like my Moment Lenses, they are awesome but they will run you a bit of money but its better than just buying a new camera altogether. I am not saying that you need to buy these lenses, im just saying they are the ones I prefer. There's lenses out there from LensBaby and PhotoJojo that you can check out, but you do get what you pay for, I'm just saying.
Well I dont have a phone that has a camera. OK no problem, get a nice cheap camera like an old SLR camera or film camera. Some of them come with a kit lens. It can range from $20 dollars to maybe $300. Getting a film or slr camera will definitely will teach you not to go trigger happy and really think about your next shot since you only get 24 to 36 exposures on a 35mm film camera. The only down side that you will need to develop your film, if you are in Orlando, Florida there is a local store called Colonial Photo and Hobbie they will develop your film. Its a bit expensive if you only develop one canister of film but if you have many canisters its cheaper.
You can get also a nice decent DSLR or Mirrorless camera on craigslist, ebay or KEH. If you buy on Keh they sell legit, well taken care equipment, on ebay and craiglist you need to do your research. Yes, this is a bit moderate expensive option, but it will last you a great while. There's cameras that have WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities that will help you transfer your photos to your phone. With the Bluetooth or WIFI it can enable the phone to remotely release the shutter on your camera allowing the photographer to take photos wirelessly. Word of caution never leave your camera un attended.
Also these cameras like your phone camera lets your review the photos something that the SLR or Film camera can't do.
Each camera format has its pros and cons but that is something will cover on our next post. Keep and eye out for it.
But for now I leave you my friends with this, whatever camera you need to use for your photography journey, make sure it does not break the bank, use what you have and keep taking photos. Make sure to use the following rules: the rules of thirds, the exposure triangle and the golden triangle for composition. With the more you go out there to practice and have fun; you will see that your will get better.
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