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Composing a Photograph

Composing a photograph is like an author writing a paragraph; selecting the right words that conveys a message utilizing as little space as possible to get the point across. A photograph is to the photographer; what a paragraph is to an author, even though it just a photograph, there is a message there. They say a picture is worth a thousand words; but a well composed photograph will say as much, just without so many words. An experienced photographer will use that photograph like a writer using a paragraph getting the message across in a constructive amount of space.

I always shoot my photographs with one simple rule in mind; in photography there are no rules. When you start finding ways to apply rules to your photographs; you'll always have one shot that those rules won't apply and you limit your creativity. Some photographers use the rule of thirds when composing a photograph, but to me that's more of a mental tool than a rule. The idea of using thirds is a good way of arranging things in your photographs to give clarity to the subject and keep your image less convoluted. Just like a writer; use your subject as the main focal point of your photograph and it will tell the story you're trying to write with your camera.

Even though I dismiss the idea that there are rules of photography, I do rely on elements of photography to compose my photographs. The first element I choose to look at is depth of field. This is how people will interpret your view of the subject in your shot. With depth of field you can bring one aspect of your photograph in to sharp focus keeping less important things slightly out of focus. This is also known as selective focusing; using a larger aperture to produce a shallow depth of field. You can use this element to put more emphasis on the subject and less attention on the subject's environment. Or if the purpose of your subject is to enhance the environment in your shot you may want to use a narrow depth of field bringing everything into focus.

Another element that I rely heavily up on is lighting. There are two main light sources that exist in photography. One is ambient lighting; light that naturally exist without using any flash units or studio lighting supplied by the photographer. And number two, studio lights and flash units supplied by the photographer. When using ambient lighting; shooting stationary subjects like landscapes, you can control the effect of your photograph by using the shutter speed on your camera. By doing this you can get some fantastic night shots. I'm not into studio photography as much; I just don't think it has much of an artistic value to suit me. And I only use flash units if it's absolutely necessary.

When composing a photograph there are a few more tips to consider. Don't shoot your subject flat on center with the camera. This is a typical shot of a person standing straight up and down that is right in the center of the shot. This is the worst shot ever. Nothing wrong with shooting center; but have your subject bend a little bit one way or the other, or kind of leaning back or a little bit forward. Compose the shot so you have some of their side showing as well as the front. Center shots can be spectacular if your model is positioned right. How you compose your photographs will be how your picture is going to tell a story. So photograph your subject in a way to make the story interesting.

Article by Alan Slagle

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