A Year with My Camera Week10
A Year with My Camera Week10 is the first of 4 weeks on Composition. This week is the Anatomy of the photograph.
You need to understand what the 3 parts of a photograph are –
Then you have to decide how much of each you want in the image.
It’s about getting the right balance. The foreground generally takes up a small part of the image and leads the eye to the image.
The background offers contrast and context but shouldn’t overwhelm the subject.
The subject is generally one thing – but of course there are times when rules are broken.
Take a look at the whole frame, check that there is balance between all the parts. What does the image make you look at? Are there any distractions? Do you need to move to get the balance right?
There are alternatives of course. You may want to fill the frame with the subject. With landscapes you may want to make the foreground the main element.
Sometimes you may have to walk around your subject to get a good image. Or go lower or higher to get a different perspective.
This weeks task:
Using the same subject, create these 5 completely different photographs, using only a change in viewpoint between images (no changing lenses).
1. Mostly subject
2. No foreground at all
3. Mostly foreground
4. Mostly background
5. A pleasing balance between all 3
The key thing is to move your camera. Try shooting from underneath or directly above if you need to. Move closer and further away, and change the angle of the camera.
I really enjoyed this week’s task. It made me think about how to compose my images and the simplest way is to move around the scene.
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Do you think about how you compose your images? Let me know in the comments.
See you next week!