The next rule of composition is "Balance". Using balance in an image is also pleasing to the eye. Basically take the Rule of Thirds but in stead of one subject in your shot you now have two subjects on opposite sides of the frame. Or a main subject and a secondary subject on opposite sides. This balancing act works in any direction, if the subjects are side by side, one above the other, or diagonal from each other in frame.
You often hear me talk about telling a story. I try to look at my surroundings and come up with the shot that will not only look good but that will take you on a journey. Some of the journeys are more obvious than others but none the less the thought is there. The rules of Composition are excellent tools for telling stores with your photography! Look at the "Balance" image below, what story does it tell?
There are so many amazing people out there who think that just because they do not have fancy cameras and high dollar lenses that there photographs are not good! I am here to tell you all that I would rather look at Composed, thought provoking, iPhone images, than crisp boring DSLR images all day. A photograph is so much more than just and image.
As we go step by step through the 10 Rules of Composition be open minded to them. Even if that particular rule does not fit well into your style, use it, play with it, think about it, learning is never ending. The more you know the more you grow as a photographer, and I am right here learning along with you.
Thank you all for the awesome feedback on last months Newsletter! I really look forward to your comments, questions, photographs, and emails!
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