Focus On Composing Photos: Focus on the Fundamentals (Focus On Series) (The Focus On Series)

Focus On Composing Photos: Focus on the Fundamentals (Focus On Series) (The Focus On Series)

Peter Ensenberger

Language: English

Pages: 155

ISBN: 024081505X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


As digital cameras and software packages become more advanced, seemingly by the minute, it has become easier than ever to overlook the basic elements which have always resulted in the best photographs, no matter how fancy (or primitive) the camera itself. Composition is the single most important aspect of creating great images, no matter what level of photographer you happen to be. No amount of digital wizardry can turn a badly composed image into a picture you would want to display. While many books on composition tend to overcomplicate the subject, this book breaks down everything you need to know into small, digestible chunks of information that you will actually remember once you're out and about taking pictures. Instead of plodding through long and complex pages of text, this book supplements the necessary information, such as the basics of the rule of thirds and how to get good highlights and shadows, with tons of gorgeous, full color images that actually show you what to do and how to do it, rather than just telling you what to try. You'll be amazed at the gorgeous images you'll create, whether your passion is for photographing your family, pets, travel adventures, nature, or anything else.

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create an annoying interruption of the viewer’s experience, but slight adjustments in camera position will usually eliminate these unsightly tension makers. Most often, minor mergers are of little consequence in the grand scheme of an image, and they’re not necessarily always bad. In fact, some mergers can be important to the motion ­created by the leading lines in a composition. But be aware of their presence and placement, minimizing or eliminating them if they are disruptive. Viewpoint and

Cropping When skillfully done, cropping plays up the prominent lines and shapes of your composition. Camera manufacturers use standard sensors with uniform dimensions, and images are assigned these dimensions by default. But the image dimensions that come straight out of the camera are not necessarily the best aspect ratio for every composition. Some, as in this example, demand a long, narrow horizontal or vertical crop to accentuate the most powerful parts of a scene. Experiment with cropping

composition. Sports and wildlife photography particularly benefit from the subject isolation brought on by selective focus and shallow depth of field. Because most DSLR camera-andlens arrays include some form of autofocus (AF), double-checking your focus point safeguards against discovering later that your subject isn’t sharp. Don’t always assume your AF function has locked onto the focus point you intend. Looking through the camera’s viewfinder, position the AF focus area over your subject and

Photographer Edward Weston, one of the medium’s early masters, once said, Rules of Composition 65 “Now, to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravity before going for a walk.” Learning these rules won’t tell you what to photograph or how to photograph it, but they provide guidance in designing a pleasing image. View them not so much as imperatives but as good influences for expressing yourself more clearly. Consideration of the

where it’s going. ­Diminished “nose room” builds spatial ­tension between the subject and the edge of the frame, an intriguing effect if there’s something interesting for the eye to explore behind the subject. Opening up more room behind the subject also allows you to bring additional context to the subject, so be sure the elements filling this area of your composition are compatible with the theme of your photograph. Discordant or conflicting objects occupying this space may inject more

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