Focus On Composing Photos: Focus on the Fundamentals
Pdf | F-l Press | Peter Ensenberger | Eng | 155 Pages | 2011 | Isbn 024081505X | 39.7 Mb
Photography is auniversal language capable of communicating to a wide audience. But photography also is a very personal affair. No two of us approach it exactly the same way. You bring to bear your
own personal experiences and influences every time you push the camera’s shutterrelease
button. Each image captures a moment in time seen through your eyes, processed by your way of seeing the world.That’s the appeal of photography as a form of selfexpression. It allows each of us to artfully
interpret the world around us or create our own alternative reality. For many, it’s our principal
creative outlet, producing images that can be easily shared with
others.With the advent of digital technology, photography has grown into one of the most
popular hobbies in the world today. It’s the most accessible of all art forms. As a fun and
affordable pastime, photography truly is the art of the masses.
Those committed to improving their skills and techniques may enjoy lifelong partnerships
with their cameras, producing photographs to be proud of. If you’re persistent and willing to
push yourself to achieve loftier goals, your images will begin to reveal a personal style all
your own.A good first step in refining your style is learning the fundamentals
of composition that have stood the test of time. It’s worth noting that many of the world’s great
photographers had no formal art training. They developed their visual sensibilities through
observation and perception. Aspiring photographers should follow their lead.
Defining the artistry of composition, photography pioneer Edward Weston cut straight
to the heart of the matter with an economy of words. “Composition,” he said, “is the
strongest way of seeing.”All around us, the elements of composition—objects, lines,
shapes, colors, and shadows—coalesce in apparent disarray. By raising your awareness of
the orderly way these elements fit together, you’ll realize the strongest way of seeing.
Learning the basics of good composition helps you recognize the essential components and
design artistic arrangements from the chaos. You’ll produce better photographs that combine
balance, simplicity, and style.
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