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Follow these top composition rules and tips in photography to achieve great results
It is all about composition in photography. If you can't compose an image you can't take photos.
That's the bottom line. This is where your photography journey starts as a beginner. Learning to place the elements in the photo is natural for some but for the rest of us we have to learn.
So what is composition in photography?
The dictionary definition defines it as "the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole". What you are looking to do in composing an image is to take the important parts of the scene and combine them in such a way, so as to create a photo very pleasing to the eye.
Those of us who admire the work of great artists and the award winning images of outstanding photographers, marvel at the creativity of these artists.
A little envious of their amazing abilities and natural talent. We look at our own photographs and wonder how we'll ever get anywhere near the masters. All is not lost or as bleak as it appears.
I know that in my photography experience I would look at these photographers, look at my work, try to copy theirs, fail and then give up. It became a cycle of failure and discouragement until I realised that I could actually take good photos.
It wasn't an instant change but a process. What I realised was that the masters never painted a perfect picture the first time they held a brush nor the great photographers the first time they held a camera. They began their creative journey somewhere. The important part of the process was on the journey and how they developed along this road of learning. So, equating this to you and me we have to start somewhere.
A few steps to help encourage your creativity in photography
The world has gone digital crazy. With many homes having multiple digital camera owners you can't move without seeing someone taking a digital snap. And the operative word here is a snapshot. Not much thought, creativity or photographic composition. Just lots and lots of digital pollution cramming the millions of hard drives, DVDs and memory cards. Digital has enabled people to take more low quality, thoughtless snapshots.
Digital photography could see the death of creativity in photography in general.
Why such a harsh statement? Here's why:
1. Lack of thought
As a film photographer the consumable costs of photography were much higher. This forced us to think and carefully consider each shot. There was a greater thought process. Using a motor drive for taking multiple shots was for the press photographers who could afford take thirty six images in a few seconds. For the rest of us we had to think more before pressing the button.
Here are some great tips for photographing children
So what do the pro photographers have that everyone else doesn't? Better equipment? Yes. Better training? Yes. More creativity? Maybe. Combine these elements and you'll have fantastic photos? Yes, true as well.
But how do they do it and do I need all of the above to do the same? The answer is no. They use simple steps all the time when photographing children.
Many people think that it takes a degree, diploma or thirty years of experience to shoot fantastic shots of kids.
True, those things are contributing factors but really it's years of dedication and learning a few basic principles that makes it work all the time. And, this is the reason we pay pros to shoot our kids. And it doesn't have to be like that.
Crocheting - one of the highest paying hobbies
Contrary to popular belief, crocheting is not restricted to the elderly and shut-ins. In fact, crocheting can be something anyone of any age can do.
If you have always wanted to learn how to crochet but thought it wasn't for you, it is well worth your consideration to take a second look at the art of crocheting.
As trends come and go, clothing made by crocheting always come back in style. As such, the desire of having a wardrobe that includes clothing that has been made by crocheting is always there. Clothes made from crocheting are popular with many different segments of our society, including some well-known clothing designers.