Mastering Composition to Get More Keepers

24 thoughts on Mastering Composition to Get More Keepers

  1. I’m sorry, but if you have to draw triangle diagrams in your head everytime you frame up a shot, you don’t have a natural eye for composition and perhaps should be thinking of another field…

  2. I get the feeling that most people don’t consider these shapes and lines at the time and start drawing lines after the fact to pretend the meant to compose like that, especially the second photo in the preview.

  3. This could have been a good article if the photos didn’t look like snapshots and if it didn’t give the feeling that it is an after-the-fact effort. However you can also learn from bad examples. Here is what I have learnt:
    * A good photo should have a story or should evoke a feeling. Most of the time it comes before composition.
    * Change your angle and the camera height. Always shooting down is boring, makes it difficult for the viewer to be drawn into the photo, and you may be losing a more dramatic effect.
    * Playing with the white balance doesn’t give you a signature style or suddenly makes bad photos good. Some good photographers have signature color styles but it’s just a part of the whole package.
    * A street photographer can not expect to come up with 15-20 good photos just by spending the day shooting at the beach. Good photography is a process of election. Just look at the complete legacy of good photographers, or even masters. Probably each one took thousands, if not millions, of photos in their life time. How many photos did they dare to show us? I guess the average is between 300 and 500, and they are mostly remembered by with a handful.

  4. great article.. A good way to understand composition is to study the works of the master oil painters. Their work is full of these kinds of subtle compositional elements. These days I see so many people pay no attention to such small details when composing a shot.

  5. What a load of tosh in general. Most balance images as best they can in the time available. If that means waiting for something to appear in that spot to balance it out then all the more wonderful. We all piss around trying to get straight horizons, symmetry and a touch of 3rds but sometimes, most of the time it’s just luck for me. I know a few of us spend a little while longer on that than others. And everything has a vanishing point to make pretty triangles somewhere along the path of it. If I want to pretend that was my intention all along…

  6. You can draw lines on any photography just to explain its not a random photo taken, while its just a random photo and definitely the photographers not always have all those lines in their mind

  7. nice article, only too bad that many of them have tilted horizons. Please straighten them if you want to explain something. because even though composition might be nice, if the horizon is bonkers, it ain’t a keeper

  8. I understand and to some degree admire sb who can compose beyond the rule of thirds and others in a heartbeat, but I’m having a hard time imaging a mind blowing street photograph without previous planning (expecting that special moment) nail that one shot.

    I’m not saying it can’t be done, after all I’m just a hobbyist, but even after drawing since I was a child, I probably wouldn’t be able to get a drawing I’m extremely proud of without extensive planning, the same could be said for the photos I’m proud of. Some were sheer luck, and others are the product of a previous mental image I had.

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