|Compose for balance. Click here to order this print.|
My latest Kelby Training Class, "Composition: the strongest way of seeing," has been watched almost 7,000 times. So many, many thanks to those photographers!
In the one-hour-plus class, I talk about the important rules of composition – rule of odds, rule of thirds, leading lines and so on . . . and why it's important to break those time-proven rules - and to follow your heart. I talk about that in the "Composition and You" segments of the class.
|Rule of odds. Photograph © Rick Sammon|
And speaking of rules, Ansel Adams said, "The so-called rules of composition are, in my mind, invalid, irrelevant and immaterial." So there! :-)
|Dead center is deadly. Photograph © Rick Sammon|
|Compose emotionally. Photograph © Rick Sammon|
Here is what a reader of my blog wrote about this picture when it was first published:
- it's full of symbolic, emotional content
- looking into the distance, contemplating the edge (the end) is near, time (watch), space
- life is behind him, yet he is still connected to this world (watch again)
- going through the daily cycle (circular movement in his arms, leading to his aged face)
- growing older by the day
- drawing ever nearer to the edge of darkness
- still grounded to the earth by the cold metal of the walker
- walker keeps him in the photo and connects him to the photographer, his son, his future
- carry on, carry on my son
- but I am not long for this world
- long have I watched and guided you, but now I am content
- my gaze is directed elsewhere.
Composing emotionally works.
|Compose artistically. Photograph © Rick Sammon|
As you will see in this video, I like to make learning fun!
Explore the light,