composition – The placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject.
Oh would you look at that, something I didn’t learn in school! 😉
Okay this is super important for amazing pictures! (not to sound selfish but.. I mean this shoot is dope)
When you’re taking photos, whether it’s people, buildings, flowers, etc. you always have to have good composition. There is nothing wrong with centering a photo BUT non centering is more flattering to the subject depending on the image!
Here I have Vica go from a flatter image to more “depth” by having her lean forward and giggle
Although she is centered, the image is making a somewhat “V” composition and if you notice the squiggle line is showing how a lot of times I like the feet area being out of focus!
This is a perfect example of composition! The bridge AND the bridge refection create a stunning shape that flows into the subject, as well as the tree on an angle.
You don’t have to be a professional to understand composition, in fact you probably already do it without noticing! The key is to notice and make it better! Me AND the subject noticed an opportunity here with the fence broken, the fence is literally pointing to subject.
Always look for “L’s” ! buildings and trees show these a lot! Also I highlighted the position of her leg I set up, an upside down “L”
Another “L” example! Notice another use of blurring the feet area. As you can see in the top photo, this is a VERY tall tree, so with my feet on their toes and using the “video mode” to capture the image (aka I didn’t use the view finder) I was able to get really different images.
Centered image works well because there is a “V” shape and the sphere (soccer ball) adds to that composition.
Here we have the same lines pointing to her, but by moving a little to the side I get two different images.
If you ever feel in a slump, remember to practice composition! It’s really fun!
See the whole shoot here!