Learning to See Compositions

White Sands 112115z copy

Learning to see Compositions.
A fellow photographer and friend posted recently that rules of composition are there for a reason, they work. I couldn’t agree/disagree more strongly. I agree that there are certain situations that the rules of composition will work, but they should not be blindly applied to each and every scene. Sometimes or even most times, they will work, but they aren’t the best for that scene.I use the rules as a guideline from somewhere back in my head but believe in taking it a step farther to make it fulfill my vision. I will say it again, learn the rules, break them as often as needed to make the scene personal.
Black and White is a great way to learn to see compositions. When dealing in BW, you see shapes, patterns, and objects. Learning to build a composition is nothing more than building a “puzzle” if you will. How do they fit together to finish a scene? That is the question you should ask yourself when composing, not making sure things are in power points or rules of thirds. Remember though, sometimes the scene is best composed following rules. Be flexible.
Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800, Manual Mode, f16, ISO 100, spot metered sand at +1, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, Sirui R4214X tripod and K40X ballhead, Peak Design Slide strap, Lowepro Flipside 500AW photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.

4 Responses to “Learning to See Compositions”

  1. Very helpful. I tend to find myself getting caught up on these rules and end up missing shots as I try to compose them within the guidelines.

  2. lilybug1960 Says:

    No one told Mother Nature the rules…

  3. Thanks David. A very good point. Nedra

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