Some Turtles (and a Note about Learning Composition)

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Clearly some people have an eye for composition and the rest of us have to develop it. In the second category, suggestions, guidelines and “rules” were created. Like many others I have argued that there are no rules and learning rules means learning how to break them to best effect. Programs like Lightroom have provided grid overlays to help use those “rules”. Whether you like them or not, the grids help keep your compositions straight and can be useful in other ways. When I was first exposed to photography, the emphasis was on negative space, letting your subjects breath and not shoving them against the frame. Now I am speaking about photography and discussing my thinking behind photographs often from a compositional standpoint. I find it easier to explain a photograph then generalize about composition. I certainly get ideas from people who do and do not follow rules. In the end I suggest we make up our own rules that guide us and that become part of our style but it all begins with developing an eye for composition. I am sure I am not alone in having photographs I like fall flat with an audience. Most often this occurs because I have made the composition too busy, or the composition lacks impact. Capturing an audience’s interest and replicating this over many subjects, that is mastering your art.

14 responses

  1. I learn so much from your posts, thank you!
    I know no rules of photography, aside from copyrights 😉
    Most of my photography is taken for ‘scientific’ reasons, so I’m trying to usually focus on an identifing part of a plant or natural subject.
    I feel, as a ‘camerone’ photographer, composition is one of the only skills I can pull off with my limited equipment.
    Have you written more posts that go into more detail about composition? Is it a ‘simple’ to explain subject, ie explained in a post or do I need to hunker down with a novel?
    PS – I always love your turtle pix!


    November 21, 2015 at 6:27 am

    • Very pleased to hear you like my posts. Thanks. Many of my posts have touched on composition and you can count on more posts coming. Composition is like riding a bike we take a lot of advice and one day it clicks.

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      November 21, 2015 at 6:44 am

  2. Thanks so much, Victor, for sharing your thoughts on composition. It’s a complicated topic and folks often have strongly held views about what makes a “good” photo. In some ways, the internet has even further complicated the issue, because some images, I think, work better in print than they do on-line and vice-versa. Measuring impact is tough and “likes,” I’ve found, may not be a good measuring stick. People often “like” my pretty photos simply because of their superficial impact. I’d love to be able to make photos that cause viewers to linger over them. As you rightly point out, it takes a lot of work (maybe a lifetime) to be able to create those kinds of image with consistency. I really enjoy your posts like this that prompt me to think about overarching issues that affect all of my photos.

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    November 21, 2015 at 6:29 am

    • Thanks. Glad you like the post. Never sure if the subject I choose for my post will interest anyone. Nice to hear you like it.


      November 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

  3. Too right! as they say in Aus.

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    November 21, 2015 at 10:26 am

  4. Great photo and good thoughts, Victor.


    November 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  5. wonderful capture


    November 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  6. How true but some people seem to have a natural ability to,see, a strong image

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    November 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm

  7. As always, awesome picture! I love your points that you always share too!


    November 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

  8. TPJ

    Very well said.


    November 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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