Understanding Composition in Photography

Understanding Composition in Photography

Composition in photography is an art of composing images through framing. It is one of the most important things that every photographer needs for his/her success.  There is no exact way to explain this question but we can use the predictable and the old definitions to describe it.

Although the composition is very important for an artist to succeed; painting, drawing, photography or even sculpture. The nature of the composition is subjective: according to the way you do your structured design. The master artists who came before us did not break any composition rule but today’s artists do so because of lack of training and education on design, they haven’t read about arts. They do not understand the structure of composition in the arts. A visually literate is able to look at a photograph and understand what the artist has created in their composition

  1. The Non-Blank Canvas

The canvas in photography is usually pre-existing but we frame the elements and eliminate them. However, other arts, especially the visual, written, performing arts usually have their artists start with canvas or blank state. The stretched canvas usually has nothing; the artist starts from an empty canvas and adds them methodically and deliberately.
With photography, the only blank canvas is in the studio but outside, it is already existing. The photographer can only add or eliminate elements in it. You should have good design knowledge to know what to add or eliminate from the canvas

  1. Positioning

Here, to change what is already there in your composition, you can either frame or move yourself or your gear. You can zoom in or zoom out a portion of a scene. You can move your body to a different position to reconfigure the image if you have a fixed lens

  1. Natural abilities

Some people do a given task very well because of their natural abilities. Proficiency can be gained by practicing and training

  1. Forcing a photograph

Applying an intensive study of something may result in negative effects. Overthinking composition can easily be your worst enemy to good arts. Your mind and eye usually have the correct composition

  1. You can create the composition

A good composition completely relies on the effort of the photographer and not the ability of the camera. You should be able to use your camera effectively to achieve good image composition

  1. Focus on the subject

Composition does not detract the subject, it assists you to focus, emphasize it and isolate it. It will help you capture the correct subject to avoid the viewer’s distraction from the purpose of the photograph

  1. Rules

A composition has rules for it to be complete. However, many images break the rules. Following these rules does not guarantee good image but having good composition will give a very good image.

  1. The eye’s journey

For the eye to see clearly through the frame, you must arrange the objects or the frame very well, to ease the journey of the eye to your image.