Frame it right !

There is some times a myth that ‘having a high end DSLR’ can make you awesome in photography. I have heard many people even say that ‘photography is quiet an easy cake walk’ because of the wide spread technology. All these thing which you hear is merely the rant of people who are ignorant to see what a beautiful form of ART photography is…And art is always perfected with passion, love and of-course practice! So when you see a good or a great picture, never think of the Camera or the settings which were used to create the image, instead think of the observant eye, creative mind and the years of practice which were put into for perfecting that image.

Speaking of the practice, like any other art, photography also have certain set of ‘rules’ or like I call them, ‘building blocks’ using which images can be created. In the simplest words I can put them across to you, its called ‘Composition‘.

The term ‘Composition‘ (in any form of art) literally means placing the available elements together to make a beautiful piece of art. It is a method of designing how the final output will look. In photography, there are many rules available, which applied while creating a picture, can transform the picture to a beautiful form of art. Appreciating and practising the elements of good composition will undoubtedly enhance your photographic work.

Below mentioned are some of the basic ones:
1. Rule of thirds: This rule is commonly practiced by many photographers and it works wonders! The frame is divided into a 3 x 3 matrix, resulting bisecting lines and intersecting nodes. Instead of placing the subject right in the middle of the frame, if the subject is placed on either of these key points, it will add depth to the whole picture. Also while photographing a landscape, one can divide the picture such that top 2/3 of the picture is sky and lower 1/3 is land or vice versa. Getting the grid lines on an LCD screen of the camera would be easy, but if you are using a DSLR’s view finder then you will have to visualize the grid lines.


2. Leading lines: Lines add a new dimension to the picture as a whole. It can draw the attention of the viewer into the image. By placing lines in your composition you can create a feel of a ‘journey through the scene’, as our eyes are naturally drawn along the lines.


3. Patterns: Patterns are formed when the basic graphical elements – like line, color, shapes or forms – repeat themselves creating a visual rhythm. Identifying patterns comes with imagination and following the above mentioned basic graphical elements from different angles. Once we learn to recognize patterns around us, we can emphasize and high light them to make a striking shot.


4. Symmetry: Symmetry is a simpler form of a pattern where the element doesn’t repeat itself too many times, to be precise, the element repeats only once. One common example of symmetry is reflection. Symmetry can also be formed when two similar subjects are place next to each other, facing each other or away from each other. A symmetrical scene sooths the mind, as the eyes does not strain to view the whole picture.


All the above mentioned composition rules when followed can create a beautiful image because they create a special rhythm of viewing which in turn makes it easy for the mind to interpret. One can make amazing pictures by adopting more than one rule into his composition or just by breaking these rules too.

– Luv n Peace,

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