This is an interesting article I came across that talks about the flexibility that comes with composition rules in photography, over at A Winter in Provence
Did you ever notice that your photographs that garner the most attention ( forget Uncle Al in his birthday suit ) are the simple ones? The ones that captured a fleeting moment? Or that one with the powerful dramatic composition? People love that stuff… because they react to strong single-minded composition… without really thinking about it. It is built in.
Let’s talk a bit more about composition. More rules have been written about how to achieve a swell composition than almost anything else in photography. Don’t these people have something else better to do? Apparently not.
I’m working on a series of posts that guide my composition decisions that relate to space, subject, and style
Space: don’t be afraid to fill the space
Subject: seeing the ordinary in a unique way lets others see it for the first time
Style: have a vision when approaching an image – for me I have four goals in mind when shooting an image beauty, unity, trancendence and iconicness
Well that is my effort to kick of some discussion. I would love to hear feedback from everyone on what rules or tips you use to in making composition decisions. The more tips we all share the better our toolbox will be.