Hello! So far this week we have looked at thinking about developing a signature style, using natural light and getting the best from our smartphones.
Today I want to begin to think about composition and give you some things to think about when you practise you photography over the weekend.
What is the image about?
When you compose an image it is really important to start by thinking why you are taking the photograph. What are you trying to say? What is the subject? What is the story? This doesn't have to be deep and meaningful, it can be as simple as "blue sky", "Autumn leaves", "pretty pink things!" But you do need to start somewhere. Is the subject of your photograph one thing or is everything in the image important? For example you might be taking a photograph of a vase of flowers on a table or a flat lay of all the new products you have in your shop. In the first example the vase of flowers is the subject but there might be other things in the photograph that are not as important. In the second example everything is probably important, so your subject is the whole image.
Where should the subject go in the image?
As you start to think about your image in a bit more detail you can make decisions about where to place the subject (or subjects) in the image. You might have heard about the rule of thirds and some of you will have the grid up on your camera phone, so that you can see it when you take a photograph. If you haven't, turn the grid on as it will really help you to frame your images and place your subject is a good place. On an iPhone you do this in the settings. Other phones will vary, so please shout if you can't work out how to do this. You will be able to set the grid option on your cameras too and you can usually see it when you look through the view finder.
The grid enables you to think of your image in thirds. By placing your subject in one of the thirds you create a balanced image that makes our eyes happy! It also helps you to create images that are a bit more interesting. By placing your subject to one side, for example.
Before I give you any more composition tips I want you to turn your grids on, find a simple subject and take some different images of it. Really thinking about where you position it in the grid. If you want to share some in our Facebook Group that would be lovely! Have a think about which ones you like best. Do some make you feel differently? Can you create a feeling simply from where you place your subject in the frame?
Gather Composition Inspiration
Take a look at some images on Pinterest or in a book or magazine and really look at the composition. You could go back to the board you created earlier in the week and really look at the images in terms of their composition. Where is the subject? Can you see the image in terms of thirds? What does the image say to you? Can you find examples of well composed images and images that you think could have been composed better? What is wrong with the image? By looking at other images in this way it will really help you when you come to compose your own images.