Are rules really that important?
A good composition will be comprised of any number of the elements of art (line, shape, value, texture, and color) and may contain elements of the principles of art (movement and variation, balance, emphasis, space.) Keep in mind, if your composition fails so does your work.
I’m certain most of you have heard of the rules of composition for photography, it is all over the web. Digital Photography School has an article here, and here are a few others, smashandpeas here, photography mad here and one for landscapes by DPS here, Light Stalking also has many good articles on the rules of photography composition as well here. Knowing these “rules” as photographers like to call them isn’t quite enough though; go back to the common thread I have tried to weave through this series of blog posts.
How does it make you feel?
Does it accomplish the goal you have set out to create in your work? Does it convey and impact you or your viewer the way you want it to? What ambiance does it have? Does it create a means to trigger you to think? Is it thought-provoking? Does it motivate you to respond or move to action? Are you trying to make a statement?
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|Threading the Needle|
Above all let your mind understand the technicalities, let your eyes see, let your heart feel, look inside yourself and you will be well on your way to perfecting your craft and your vision. Composition is largely an intuitive act, how you put your frame together is what tells the tale and sells your idea, you determine how to direct your viewer. Your work soon becomes the collision of dreams or ideas and reality!