Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Few Compositional Concepts

I post a lot of photos, and I guess I can get a bit pedantic when I am just trying to be pedagogic, but occasionally I like to post a few photo suggestions. I am just a hobbyist and very far from being an expert photographer who is also just learning.

I have found that vertical can make for an interesting design especially against or with non-vertical elements, such as the colourful foliage in these two photos.

Frames are useful when you can find them.

Foreground elements can improve a composition a lot. If I had just shot this photo from eye-level concentrating on the background trees, I don't think it would have been as interesting. (And we have verticals too.)

An example of just pointing the camera down to emphasize the foreground leaves. Also there is a leading line which leads the viewer through the frame, or at least I hope it does.

I used the curve of the river to try to draw eyes through the photo. I could have shot just across the river and did that too, but I think this is more interesting.

While it would be nice to have brighter foliage around the bend, the road still leads us through the frame and to me becomes more important than the saturated foliage to the right.

That's it for now. I don't necessarily consider any of the above to be praise-worthy. I was just trying to illustrate some ideas without using photos that I have presented previously and that I may have liked better. Or not.


Mara said...

I want to go around that corner in the last photo to find out what's behind it! Which means you've drawn me into the photo.

Mage said...

I posed an idea today too. I like these images a lot. We have no color like that here, and your compositions heighten the drama wonderfully.

William Kendall said...

That second to last shot is my favourite.

Marie Smith said...

Love that last photo, AC.

Jenn Jilks said...

These are both illustrative and thoughtful!

Hena Tayeb said...

Great pictures.. our weather has been so windy most of our leaves are falling before they get to change colors.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I enjoyed all the photo tips, John, and even though they may have been read about or seen elsewhere, repetition is always good at reinforcing things. I especially liked the leading line in the last photo.