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Understanding Basic Aesthetics in Photography

23 thoughts on Understanding Basic Aesthetics in Photography

  1. i had a feeling that this was written by a photographer named…oh, never mind. he’s probably busy giving workshops on how shapes and stuff makes your picture great or not.

  2. We can draw lines and triangles pretty much for any composition even crappy ones. Just try it: take a photo without looking /composing and then you will find triangles even there 🙂

  3. If art and by extension photography is subjective this means we all judge the piece based on our unique individual life experiences. What is pleasing to your eye may not be so to mine because I have different experience that influence my eye. We may both like redheads, but there will inevitably be other details that do it for us. If subjectivity is true, then rules or guidelines of composition are total and complete BS. My belief is that you are being brainwashed currently by this article to believe that composition is what you need. I think it is a propaganda mechanism to establish a false sense of what a good artist is and what a not so good one is and the place value on that to pad the pockets of elitists posing themselves as false icon artists. The proof is you will ultimately cherish a work of art by a friend or family member over something that is well known, your child for instance will always have a spot on the fridge, the most actively used room and most valuable device I your home.

  4. ☺️ Gotta love it when photographers, especially photojournalists, retrospectively justify composition with such technicality, like they planned each detail.

  5. I love how all of these “photographers” criticize something so simple. A good driver doesn’t need to pay attention to every detail either, but they have to start somewhere. Understanding these basic compositions help to train your eye on what to look for. Perfection comes with practice and experience. Articles like these are wonderful. Get over yourselves.

  6. I remember after shooting thousands of shots, I knew what I liked and it wasn’t ‘chimping’ my shots all the time or shooting on automatic. I wanted to know more and to have a bit of a foundation to work from. I went to school for photography and sometimes after a class you felt like you wanted to re-shoot everything you’d ever done based on what you’d just learned. Tens of thousands of shots and years later, I’m still learning and trying new things. That shouldn’t end just because you finished your classes. Scoffing academic training in photography is strange, considering it has a lot of technical aspects and artistic ones that really make a difference when you’re grounded in them, like any discipline. There is always more to learn, more to experiment, and times to just get back to basics.

  7. I hate hearing about rules of composition. I hated back in middle school art class and even more now. There are no real rules for composition. Any one of the rules has another rule that contradicts it. If you want good composition just think, do I like how this looks, if so take the pic and its done. Simple as that.

  8. You can “see” and “feel” at the same time. Knowing basic composition principles is like knowing 1 +1 = 2. Learn the basics and evolve from there.

  9. The photographers “see” those lines after the picture was taken… and then they do workshops especially photojournalists, who take pictures running…

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