2 best photography composition techniques - Darah Soria

best 2 photography compostion techniques for beginner photographers

The composition of a photograph is when a photographer consciously chooses what to include in his photo while he is taking it. It is recommended to get out of the habit, or not even develop the habit, of cropping photographs in post production. Cropping deters a photograph’s integrity, and in many cases does not actually help problems that are detected in a photograph. The goal in composition is to rely on a photographer’s eyes more than editing tools. A well-framed image at the time the image is taken is more important than any of the post-production tricks and tips you will ever learn about.

basic terms & concepts

CROPPING

Cutting out parts of an image in post production. Edge Tension The edges of a photograph which determine what is and is not included in the picture.

ELEMENTS

Aspects of a photograph which either add or take away from it, excluding the subject itself.

ENVIRONMENT

The area around the photographer that is being used as a location.

ENVIRONMENTAL DISTRACTIONS

Elements in a photograph which take away from the purpose of a photograph.

FRAMING

The composition of an image.

LINES

Natural occurring lines are useful tools in the creation of photographs, and should be perpendicular and parallel to the edges and corners of the pictures corners and edges.

SUBJECT

The primary focus or focuses of your image.

1. edge tension: using lines in photographic composition

As a photographer, you can use lines which occur in our everyday lives to determine where pictures begin and end and to keep your pictures straight. Becoming aware of these lines can assist you in developing your ability to define edge tension.

These “lines” can be found on the street, on flat surfaces, walls, trees, buildings or even just where the background of your image meets its foreground. Your goal should be to get these natural lines parallel and perpendicular to the edges and corners of your image, or its frame.

2. using the "rule" of thirds to frame images

So what about images where there aren’t any lines to gauge edge tension or what if you feel like taking a more abstract picture with your lines? Well, supposedly there is this thing called the “rule of thirds.”

I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT RULES IN ART, EXCEPT THAT THEY ARE WRONG.

I don’t know anything about “rules” in art, except that they are wrong. In theory, however, the viewer would have more of the subject’s environment to look at when using the rule of thirds. The rule of third essentially creates 9 smaller frames in each picture. You would want your subject at one of the four inner corners of the image.

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