Composition is one of the most important aspects of creating good photographs, .and because of it’s abstract nature perhaps one of the trickiest to understand. Just what is the best way to arrange the various separate elements of a three dimensional scene into an effective and cleanly composed two dimensional image?
The first thing to understand is that a camera doesn’t see a scene in the same way that our eyes do, and therefore we need to teach ourselves to see the world as our camera does. When we look at a scene our vision often automatically “edits out” various distracting elements in order to simplify and make less complex the huge amount of visual information our eyes actually take in. A camera though, no matter how sophisticated it’s image processor, never does this, it records everything it sees with equal importance. Often a scene that may have appeared to our eyes as an ordered, uncluttered vista can be recorded by our cameras as a confused and jumbled mess if not composed properly.
Also, despite the fact that an image is static, our eyes actually like to move through a composition from one point to another and so we need to arrange the different elements of the composition with this in mind.
In my latest video I’ve gone over the different process I go through in my own work and listed 6 different tips to bear in mind when shooting landscapes.