The Power of Composition


Composition is defined as the way something is put together, combined or arranged. There are many different elements to composition. I am always looking at things from an art stand point. I took art classes many years before beginning my photography journey. In my mind, I need a focal point (or subject) and a way to lead my viewer to it. You want to compose your image in a way that makes everything come together. That is the key to a good photograph. Let's talk about a few ways to improve your photography with composition.

COLOR

Using color is one of my favorite elements in composition. Using color theory, a technique of combining specific color combinations in a way that is harmonious, bringing everything together. This can date back to your elementary school years learning primary, secondary and tertiary color order. If you know the color wheel, then you can create color schemes with complimentary, analogous and monochromatic. This is often seen in landscape photography but can be used with any type of photography.


Monochrome Color Scheme - One color value.

Complimentary Color Scheme - Colors sit opposite sides of the color wheel.

Analogous Color Scheme - Colors sit next to each other on the color wheel.

Shapes - Triangular

This composition technique was developed during the Renaissance era. The triangle represented a strong foundation or stability. The triangle was seen as early the famous Mona Lisa Painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. You can use one or multiple triangles in an image to create a better composition. Once you start seeing triangles, you can't stop!!



Triangular


Triangular

Symmetry

Symmetry creates balance and stability in an image. Providing balance and an overall mirror effect to your image. There are certain times you should use symmetry and certain times it is not needed. I typically look for things that are symmetrical that might stand out to me. This is one of those things you will need to have in mind when shooting to really create a well balanced image.



Symmetry

Symmetry

Leading Lines

Technique used to lead the viewer to the subject or focal point. Finding lines can be fun and challenging. It is another one of those things your just have to be looking for when shooting. You may say this is one of the most useful composition elements. Lines can be from a fence, trees, road, path, etc.



Leading Lines

There are many elements of composition other than these examples such as texture, form, contrast, emphasis, movement, patterns, perspective, rule of thirds, etc. Once you are familiar with these elements, you will start seeing them more and be able to incorporate them into your photographs. These elements will create a stronger more compelling image.

Author: Erica Williams

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