A photographer creates an image by looking at their subject, considers the light and other elements, before deciding what elements they will use to ensure the story they are telling is clear to the viewer.
A key factor in composing an image is slowing down. Great photographers have the ability to slow down and be mindful. Consider in your mind’s eye what you want the image to look like when published. Consider such questions “Will I take portrait or landscape?” From what angle will I take the image? Where is the light and shadow?
Throughout our lessons we covered a variety of composition rules and techniques. You will note that we do not need to restrict our images to one particular rule. For example, a close up image may also include the framing rule or the use of lines. In fact, combining the rules in one image may enhance it even further.
The best way to improve your images is to practise, practise, practise. It takes time, in fact the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004) said “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” It take time and patience and not every photograph will be what you wanted to create. Ansel Adams 1902 -1984) said that “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”