My pal Rick Sammon has a Facebook group where he offers education and inspiration on a regular basis. He asked me to contribute an image and some tips to his group. In case you’re not following that group, I wanted to provide the tips here on my blog as well. I hope you enjoy them.
This is a short post about “seeing.” Understanding composition is as important in photography as understanding your camera. Having a point of view, and something to say, is where art starts. Composition is how you craft that point of view.
If you post a picture on social media, and it doesn’t conform to the traditional rules of art and composition, you can expect to be challenged by the Paul Blart Mall Cops of Art. They can be merciless. But I want to let you know a secret. These people don’t buy pictures. They don’t publish pictures. They just critique pictures. Publishers, editors and art buyers may not care about the rules – if you come up with something that is striking.
Many of us talk about learning to see, but few of us have any ideas we can articulate (with any specificity anyway) on the how. So, while I may stumble over my own words here, I am going to at least try.
“The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer.” – […]