If you have just landed in the world of photography, it is possible that the composition concept has something lost for you
You know it’s important because it appears in all the blogs that you consult a few times and because right here, in the photographer’s blog, we have many articles detailing everything you need to know about composition in any type of photography that you can think of. In photography, composition and light are everything, because composing is our way of painting the canvas, of ordering the elements within the frame, of writing the history, of teaching and highlighting what is important in our image. In short, all the narration of the scene, its meaning and its justification.
Now, in the meantime, concepts, theories and rules, it is difficult to get lost, get involved, abuse the rules, contradict oneself in the compositions … As we have all gone through this at some point in our photographic passion, I will leave you a series of exercises that at the time They helped me understand and internalize the composition in a natural way. I hope you help
1. Think before you take the picture
This exercise may seem obvious to you, but it is the one that we are least likely to fulfill. We see an image, we aim and shoot. And this is not a competition to see who is faster, nor a duel of the wild west. What it is about is to get the best possible image, consciously. Because some will be that by chance you look fantastic, but I assure you that they will be the least, so before pressing the shutter think, What do you want to convey and why ?, What is the best way to do it?
2. Study the rules of composition
Read the different rules of composition and try to internalize them until they are familiar. Maybe at first you think many, but the truth is that there are many and that, based on repetition, the concepts end up entering
3. Practice the rules of composition one by one
After taking a look at the different rules of composition, the only way to strengthen the concepts is to practice with them. The best way to do it is, for example, to choose one rule at a time and practice it until you have it well assimilated. You can make a rule every day that you go out to practice with your camera. If that day touches the “rule of the thirds” try that all your images use this way of composing. The next day you can practice the law of the look, the next day you can go to the beach or any other horizon that you have at your disposal and be governed by the law of the horizon, and so on. Through practice you will not only internalize the concepts, you can also define and analyze your own results and tastes.
Once you have mastered them, try combining several of them to help you highlight the focus of your image.
4. Break the rules
Originality is essential in any artistic discipline. If nobody dared to break the rules from time to time, all the images would be the same, so once you have mastered the rules of composition, try to give a personal and unique touch to your images. When someone sees one of your photos and says “It’s very your style” is that you’re on the right track
5. Make a series from a simple element
For example, photograph a box of matches in 10 different ways. I assure you that it is not easy and that you will have to squeeze your brain to get 10 images of a box of matches that are worthwhile. But the best thing is that it can be done, and that with imagination and perseverance you can get photos that you did not even think you could do. This exercise will help you to stop before the scene, to think, to look for different and original points of view, and above all, to practice composition.
6. Forget the Zoom
Nobody said that learning was easy If you really want to learn photography, you will have to put some effort on your part. Forget the zoom for a while (quiet, it’s not forever) and start moving to get the images you want. Your own movement opens up endless possibilities in terms of composition, because if you keep your eyes wide open, you will see many more possibilities than statically zoom up and zoom down.
7. Look for different and original points of view
Do you hear those freaks that occasionally appear lying on the ground or hanging from a tree to get a good picture? Well, take out the freak you have inside and pursue the best image you can do. Try chopped, contrapicado, zenith, normal angles …