Sunday, 16 June 2013

Notes on composition

Over the last few months I have tried to improve my compositional skills and here are a few notes that have been useful.

 The rule of thirds is a useful starting point, and placing the main elements of an image around the four intersections has helped me to organize some of my photographs.

It doesn't guarantee an good image though, and used too fixedly (as below) just results in images that can look staid.

These things are not really rules, more guides, and another useful starting point is the golden section. This is another system for organizing a rectangular picture frame, and is based on the Fibonacci series of numbers.

This is an interesting topic in itself, and is a pattern that is also clearly found in nature.

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